EASTON, Mass. – The No. 24-ranked Saint Anselm College softball team set school records with its 34th victory of the season and its 11th-straight win by defeating Stonehill, 4-2, in a five-inning, rain-shortened game on Friday afternoon at Fr. Gartland Field.
The victory improved Saint Anselm to 34-9-1 on the season and 21-3-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, breaking a tie with the 1997 team that finished 33-9 for the most wins in a season. The 1997 team also posted a pair of 10-game winning streaks that stood as the longest in program history until Friday. Stonehill fell to 8-29 overall and 7-20 in the NE10 with the loss. In addition to winning 11-straight games, the Hawks have also won 16 of their last 17 and 21 of their last 23.
Freshman Maddison Leite drove in half of her team's runs, going 1-for-1 with two walks, a two-run double and a stolen base. Sophomore Shannon Colson finished 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. In a game that included just seven combined hits, Saint Anselm drew seven walks in the contest and issued just one.
Sophomore Morgan Perry improved to 18-3 on the season by picking up the victory, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Perry's 18 victories are tied for the second-most all-time in a single season at Saint Anselm and the most since Andrea Messina '03 went 18-8 in 2000. Freshman Courtney Fisher earned her third save of the spring by recording the final three outs after entering the game in a jam in the fifth.
The Hawks drew four of their seven walks in the second inning on their way to scoring the game's first run. Walks to three of the first four batters filled the bases with one out and after a strikeout for the second out, Colson scored on a wild pitch.
Saint Anselm, which was hitless through four innings, had four hits in a three-run fifth to stretch its lead to 4-0. Singles by Maggie Murphy, Erin Thompson and Colson loaded the bases with one out before a RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Jordan O'Connor. Coming to bat with runners on first and second and two outs, Leite provided a two-run double to left to score both O'Connor and Colson and give the Hawks a four-run advantage.
Stonehill mounted a rally in the home half of the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out on a pair of singles and an error, marking the end of the day for Perry. After walking in a run, Fisher retired the next three batters, with a second run coming across on a fielder's choice, before the umpires ended the game due to rain.
Saint Anselm and Stonehill are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 28 starting at 1 p.m. The twin bill marks the final two games of the regular season for the Hawks, who have locked up the top seed in the Northeast Division for the upcoming NE10 Championship.