MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College softball team defeated Slippery Rock University, 3-0, at Grand Park Field on Saturday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. but weather pushed the start time back. The game against Shippensburg University at 12 p.m. was cancelled and will not be made up.
No. 4 Saint Anselm 3, Slippery Rock 0 | Box Score
The Hawks, who entered the weekend fourth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll, improve to 3-0 on the season. Slippery Rock falls to 1-2 on the year.
Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) completed her second-straight complete game of the year to improve to 2-0, scattering only three hits and fanned nine batters to reach the 250-career strikeout milestone. She became the sixth student-athlete in program history to reach that figure. Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) had a pair of hits, including a triple, while scoring and knocking in a run.
Perry dominated the first three innings, striking out five of the first 10 batters she faced and only allowed a single hit a walk during that time. She issued a pair of walks in the fourth but escaped trouble.
The Hawks then scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.) began the inning with a leadoff double to left field, before being pinch-ran for by freshman Kate Irwin (Milford, Mass.). Irwin came around to score after a single by Colson drove her in.
Colson crossed the plate after senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to make it 2-0 in favor of the Hawks. Sophomore Brianna Burley (Center Barnstead, N.H.) plated O'Connor to conclude the scoring.
That was all of the support Perry needed. She allowed just two hits over the final three innings to get the win, including getting the final two batters to swing and miss on strike three. Andria Copelli suffered the loss for Slippery Rock, going five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits.
Saint Anselm wraps up its trip in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, Feb. 17 with two games. The Hawks will play Goldey-Beacom College at 10 a.m. and then will face West Virginia State University at 12 p.m.