Softball Returns to Action with Pair of Setbacks During The Spring Games in Florida

Softball Returns to Action with Pair of Setbacks During The Spring Games in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team returned from a day idle with a pair of four-run losses on Tuesday during The Spring Games at the Hancock Recreation Complex, as it fell to Florida Southern College, 8-4, and New York Institute of Technology, 7-3.

GAME 1
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-4), Florida Southern (11-15)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Courtney Norton (Georgetown, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 2-for-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR
  • Junior Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington), 1-for-4, R, 2 RBIs, HR
  • Junior Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill), 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB
  • Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), 6 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Makayla Deuberry, 3-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBIs, BB, HR, SB
  • First-year Jadin Dewith, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB
  • Senior Aubrey Ehlers, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB 6 K, Win
  • Junior Kristen Beacham, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Save

GAME FACTS

  • The teams' first meeting since 2000.
  • Norton picked up her first collegiate hits, with the third-inning home run the first hit of her career.
  • Markowski moved into a tie with Mary Horan '78 for 10th in program history with six career home runs.
  • The bottom third of the batting order - Norton, first-year Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and senior Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) - accounted for five of the Purple Knights' 10 base runners.

THE ACTION

  • Florida Southern plated a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning, with Dewith scoring on a passed ball before sophomore Samantha Prosser's RBI single brought in Deuberry with two down.
  • Norton led off the third with a home run to left field as the Purple Knights' first base runner.
  • Deuberry responded with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth, pushing the Mocs' lead to 4-1.
  • Sevigny walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to push home a run, but Beacham escaped the three-on, none-out situation without yielding another run.
  • Florida Southern put four more runs on the board in the sixth on five hits, with sophomore Kensie Green's two-out, two-run single capping the frame.
  • Markowski knocked a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh to create the final margin.

GAME 2
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-5), NYIT (5-6)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Brandenburg, 3-for-3, RBI, 2B
  • Sevigny, 2-for-3, RBI, BB
  • Sophomore Maggie Welling (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory School), 2-for-3, R
  • Rathwell, 7 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Lizul Portugal, 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, HR
  • Senior Mikea Lewis, 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI
  • Sophomore Kylie Lacerte, 1-for-2, 3 R, 2 RBIs, BB, HR, HP
  • First-year Emily Koerick, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

GAME FACTS

  • The teams' seventh meeting, all since 2011.
  • NYIT scored six of its seven runs with two out in innings.

THE ACTION

  • Lewis knocked a two-out RBI single in the top of the second before Lacerte made it 3-0 with a two-run homer.
  • Koerick helped herself with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.
  • Single Bear runs came around in the sixth and seventh, including when Portugal hit a one-out solo home run in the seventh to push the lead to 7-0.
  • The Purple Knights scored three times on three hits and an error in the seventh. Brandenburg's RBI single broke the shutout, a double-play grounder scored the second run, and Sevigny's RBI knock cut the deficit to four. However, the final batter flew out to end the rally.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. American International College (12 p.m.) and the University of Tampa (Fla.) (2:15 p.m.) in Kissimmee, Fla.