RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College softball team swept Franklin Pierce University in a Northeast-10 Conference divisional doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks won game won by an 8-1 margin before rallying in the second game to complete the sweep with a 7-3 final.
Saint Anselm improves to 17-7 overall and 5-1 against NE10 opponents while the Ravens fall to 5-17 and 1-7 in league play.
In game one, the Hawks took advantage of five Ravens errors in the contest. Saint Anselm struck for three runs in the second inning, capitalizing on two miscues in the inning. Freshman Bailey Cain (Wellington, Fla.) reached on a two-out error that allowed sophomore Abbie Murrell (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Maggie Murphy (Scarborough, Maine) to score, keying the three-run inning. Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) had another impressive start, going the full seven innings and striking out nine batters for her eighth win of the year.
Senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) matched the program record with three doubles in game one.
In the second game, the Ravens took a 3-1 lead into the sixth but Murrell tied the game with her first career home run, a two-run blast, to even the game at three. Junior Erin Thompson (Newton, N.H.) pushed across the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Murphy from third while sophomore Lauren Washburn (Carmichael, Calif.) had the big bases-clearing two-out double to make it 7-3.
Saint Anselm 8, Franklin Pierce 1 | Box Score
After a scoreless first inning, the Hawks struck for three in the second inning. A leadoff double by O'Connor started the frame. Murrell hit a ball to shallow center field that was dropped, allowing O'Connor to score and Murrell to advance to second on the play. Murphy, who reached on a bunt single, stole second, before Cain plated both runners to give Saint Anselm a 3-0 advantage.
Neither team scored runs in the third or fourth innings, but Saint Anselm's offense added a pair of runs in the fifth. A one-out single by Washburn was followed by a double by O'Connor, putting runners on second and third. Murrell drove in Washburn with a line out to left field to make it 4-0. The Hawks made it 5-0 after Murphy reached on an error and moved to second while O'Connor scored after the catcher threw the ball away.
Perry retired seven straight batters from the third inning to the bottom of the fifth frame, which included three strikeouts.
However, the Ravens finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning. A two-out double by Allie Martinez preceded a single by Jess Rego to make it 5-1 in favor of the Hawks.
The Hawks pushed across three more runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-1. Perry singled to begin the frame, recording her first collegiate hit, before being replaced with freshman pinch-runner Kate Irwin (Milford, Mass.). Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) reached via a bunt single with one out, before sophomore Kat Stackrow (Wynantskill, N.Y.) singled, allowing Irwin to score. Washburn grounded out to second, scoring Colson, before O'Connor's two-out double plated Stackrow.
Perry allowed just two hits in the final two innings, ending a game on a pop up to the catcher.
O'Connor finished the contest with three hits while driving in a run. Colson, Murrell, and Stackrow each had a pair of base knocks. Murrell, Stackrow, and Washburn each knocked in a run as well. Amelia Mamone took the loss for the Ravens, going five innings and allowing five runs, just one earned, on seven hits. She had three strikeouts.
Saint Anselm 7, Franklin Pierce 3 | Box Score
With Saint Anselm trailing by a pair of runs heading into the top of the sixth, Murrell launched a two-run homer to center field to tie the game. A sacrifice fly to left by Thompson scored O'Connor, before Washburn hit a bases-clearing double with two outs to give the Hawks a 7-3 advantage.
The Ravens threatened in the first inning with three hits and runners on first and second with zero outs. However, sophomore pitcher Courtney Fisher (Taunton, Mass.) escaped the jam, getting a pair of ground outs and having the inning end on a play at the plate.
The hosts were able to get a run in the home half of the second inning. Jess Rego started the inning with a walk, before she moved to second on a ground out. Rego scored on a double to left field by Caitlyn Munzing to give the Ravens a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks responded in the top of the third inning with a run of their own. Colson singled and moved to second on an error. O'Connor plated Colson with a single to left center to even up the score at one.
After a scoreless bottom of the third and top of the fourth, Franklin Pierce regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Rego reached on a one-out single and moved to third on a double by Munzing. Lexi Garcia drove in Rego from third to give the home team a 2-1 edge. The Ravens added a run in the fifth as well to extend their lead to 3-1.
After the Hawks took control with a five-run sixth, freshman McKenna Smith (Old Town, Maine) slammed the door on any comeback for the Ravens. She allowed just one hit over three innings of relief and had six strikeouts to earn her fourth win of the season.
Colson had three hits at the dish and scored twice. Murrell and Washburn drove in a combined five runs. Cyrena Zemaitis took the loss for Franklin Pierce in six innings of work. She allowed seven runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits and a pair of walks. She also had nine strikeouts.
Saint Anselm returns home for a five-game home stand beginning on Saturday, Apr. 6 with a doubleheader against the Chargers from the University of New Haven. Game one is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.