April 6, 2006

Softball Blanks Lyndon State In Doubleheader

COLCHESTER, Vt. Saint Michael's College recorded a pair of shutout victories versus in-state rival Lyndon State College in softball action on Thursday at Doc Jacobs Field. In the opener, the Purple Knights blanked the Hornets, 3-0, and in game two, Saint Michael's (7-11) defeated Lyndon State (3-3), 5-0.

In game one, junior Meggan Roberge (Sheldon Springs, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) pitched a perfect game into the sixth inning, and finished with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work, to lead the Purple Knights to victory. Roberge retired the first 15 batters she faced before Lyndon State senior Aimee Hopkins (Lyndonville, Vt.) reached on an infield single to lead off the sixth inning. Purple Knights' sophomore Jill Dalfonso (South Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley) completed the one-hitter for Saint Michael's by pitching the seventh inning and recording the save.

At the plate, Saint Michael's scored all three of its runs in the first inning, on a run-scoring single by junior Meg Currier (Greenfield, Mass./Stoneleigh-Burnham School) and a two-run homer by senior Meagan Newland (East Burke, Vt./Lyndon Institute). Five other Purple Knights recorded a single in the seven-hit attack off of Lyndon State sophomore Ashlea Ireland (Lyndonville, Vt.), who threw a complete game and fanned two batters in the setback.

In the nightcap, Saint Michael's scored four runs in the third inning to snap a scoreless tie. The Purple Knights again managed seven hits in game two, with Currier leading the way with a double, run scored and run batted in. Senior Elizabeth Pigeon (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and freshman Krysten Farrell (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) also doubled and scored for Saint Michael's, while sophomore Katy Newland (East Burke, Vt./Lyndon Institute) added a two-run single. Freshman Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) earned the victory on the mound, firing four innings of one-hit ball while recording seven strikeouts, while classmate Jenna Laniewski (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) threw the final three innings to earn the save.

For the Hornets, sophomore Ariana Massimilla (Littleton, N.H.) and freshman Ashley Taylor (Bradford, Vt.) both singled, while sophomore Josse Pateneaude (Canaan, Vt.) allowed four earned runs in a complete-game loss.

Saint Michael's returns to action with four Northeast-10 Conference home games this weekend, beginning with Saturday's 1 p.m. doubleheader versus Saint Anselm College, and ending with Sunday's 1 p.m. twinbill against Southern New Hampshire University. Lyndon State plays at the College of Saint Joseph on Friday at 3 p.m.