May 2, 2006

Softball Ends Season With Doubleheader Split Of Merrimack

COLCHESTER, Vt. Saint Michael's College ended the season with a doubleheader split versus Merrimack College in Northeast-10 Conference softball action on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field. In the opener, the Purple Knights recorded an 8-7 win in eight innings, and in game two, Merrimack (17-27, 13-13 NE-10) blanked Saint Michael's, 9-0. Saint Michael's ends its season with an 18-24 record (12-16 NE-10), finishing with the third-most victories in a season in program history.

In game one, Saint Michael's scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings, then scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to earn the win and eliminate Merrimack from postseason contention. Junior Meg Currier (Greenfield, Mass./Stoneleigh-Burnham School) led the Purple Knights with two singles, two runs batted in, and a run scored, while senior Meagan Newland (East Burke, Vt./Lyndon Institute) added two singles and a run scored. Junior Casey Brooks (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) tied her own program record with her fourth triple of the season and scored twice, while sophomore Katy Newland (East Burke, Vt./Lyndon Institute) doubled to lead off the seventh inning and scored the run that forced extra innings. On the mound, junior Meggan Roberge (Sheldon Springs, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) earned the complete-game victory, allowing five earned runs and nine hits while fanning 11 batters.

For the Warriors, senior Steph Simon (Windham, N.H.) doubled, singled and drove in two runs, while junior Tracy Vadala (Salem, N.H.) and sophomore Clarice Pepper (Belgrade, Maine) both singled twice. Senior Jackie Rubino (Wilmington, Mass.) belted a solo home run, while freshman Jill Gagnon (Manchester, N.H.) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs and eight hits in 7.1 innings pitched.

In game two, senior Lauren Otto (North Andover, Mass.) threw a six-hitter as the Warriors scored in five of the seven innings. Simon and junior Clarissa Lewis (Peabody, Mass.) each went 3-for-4 at the plate in the nightcap, with Lewis doubling twice and driving in three runs, and Simon scoring three runs and stealing two bases. Rubino added her fifth home run of the season, while junior Kristen Belair (Metheun, Mass.) added a two-run double.

For the Purple Knights, Currier doubled and singled as the teams' lone multiple hitter. Freshman Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) suffered the complete-game loss, striking out 10 batters.

Merrimack completes its season tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader at Franklin Pierce College.