MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College softball team recorded a 7-0 victory over the Ravens from Franklin Pierce University on Thursday at the South Athletic Fields.
Saint Anselm improves to 24-7 overall on the season, having won 12 of its first 13 games against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Hawks have won nine consecutive games, its longest streak of the season, and own a dominant 8-1 record at home – Saint Anselm is 25-2 on the Hilltop since the start of last season.
Franklin Pierce falls to 6-23 overall on the year, having dropped all but two of their 15 league contests to date. The Hawks have won eight-straight games against the Ravens since the start of the 2017 campaign.
The Hawks pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first inning, never looking back following a two-RBI single by sophomore Kat Stackrow (Wynantskill, N.Y.) with two outs. Freshman Kylie Fitzpatrick (Danville, N.H.) batted next, singling through the right side to drive in a run. Junior Maggie Murphy (Scarborough, Maine) slapped a bunt double down the left field line, getting into scoring position and later scoring on an error.
Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) led off the bottom of the second with a single and later swiped second base, one game after setting the team's all-time record for thefts. After another bunt single by Murphy, both were driven home by Washburn's two-run single to center field to put the Hawks ahead, 6-0.
A seventh run crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning as Murphy reached on a fielding miscue by the Ravens. After swiping second base, another Washburn RBI single scored the fast-charging Murphy. Senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) followed with a base hit through the right side, putting two runners on with one out, but Franklin Pierce escaped further damage.
Murphy finished with two hits and three runs scored, setting a personal-best mark with her 10th double of the season.
Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) secured the win for the Hawks in her 74th career appearance in the circle, yielding only two hits and fanning four batters across four innings of work. Freshman McKenna Smith (Old Town, Maine) chipped in with three scoreless innings, striking out two batters and has fanned 60 batters this season in only 36.1 innings.
Cyrena Zemaitis earned the start for Franklin Pierce, allowing seven hits while giving up three earned runs. Amelia Mamone came on in relief, pitching four innings without allowing an earned run. Jess Rego picked up both of the Ravens' hits, doing so from the leadoff spot.
Saint Anselm hits the road this weekend for a three-game set in North Andover, Mass. against Merrimack. The first two games of the series are on Saturday, Apr. 13 with first pitch for game one set to start at 12 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field.