April 7, 2013

SOFTBALL SWEEPS SAINT ANSELM, 2-0, 6-2, TO RUN WIN STREAK TO FIVE

Manchester, N.H. – Junior southpaw Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) tossed a 13-strikeout, one-hit shutout in the opener and freshman designated player Meaghan Polge (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) had two hits and drove in the winning run in the nightcap as the Le Moyne College softball team swept Saint Anselm College in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Sunday at South Athletic Field. The Dolphins won the opener, 2-0, and posted a 6-2 victory in game two.

In the opener, the Dolphins scored the only run they would need on two hits in the fourth inning. Senior center fielder Demetra Kermidas (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) doubled to right center with one out and came around to score on a two-out single by freshman shortstop Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont).

Le Moyne added an insurance run on three hits in the sixth inning. Freshman pinch-hitter Trish Andrews (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) led off the frame with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a single back to the pitcher by Kermidas and a groundout, Trotta singled to the shortstop to drive in Andrews.

Harrison earned her eighth win of the season after striking out 13 batters, her fourth game in her last five outings with at least 10 strikeouts, and allowing just one hit. Kermidas and Trotta each had two of Le Moyne's five hits. Tayla Trask took the loss after yielding two runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight.

In the nightcap, the Dolphins plated two runs on three hits in the second inning to get on the scoreboard first. Polge singled down the right field line with one out and advanced to second on a single to left field by junior pitcher Vanessa Utley (Monroe, Ga./Home School). After a fly out, freshman first baseman Cara Cawley (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) doubled to right center to drive in Polge and Utley.

Le Moyne added a run on two hits and a Saint Anselm error in the third inning. After Trotta reached on an error by the shortstop with two outs, senior third baseman Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) singled down the left field line. Polge then singled down the right field line to knock in Trotta.

Saint Anselm got on the scoreboard with a run on two hits in the bottom of the third. Right fielder Hayley Lombard doubled down the left field line with one out and came around to score on a two-out single to center by left fielder Lauren Galavotti.

The Dolphins pushed their lead back to three with one run on two hits and a Saint Anselm error in the fourth. Sophomore left fielder Stephanie Ostrander (Gansevoort, N.Y./) led off with a double to right field and took third on a groundout. Freshman second baseman Shelby Condon (Norwich, N.Y./Norwich) then singled to right field to drive in Ostrander.

The Hawks got the run back in the bottom of the inning on one hit and a Le Moyne error. Center fielder Monique Gauthier led off with a double to left field. After taking third on a two-out wild pitch, she scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

Le Moyne finished off the scoring in the game with two runs on three hits in the top of the seventh inning. Andrews started the frame with a single to center and then advanced to third on a double down the left field line by sophomore pinch-hitter Jillian Jacinth (West Babylon, N.Y./Babylon). Kermidas followed with a triple to left center to drive in Andrews and freshman right fielder Allison Reynolds (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield).

Utley picked up her first win of the year after yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits over four innings pitched, while striking out two batters. Harrison earned the save by retiring all nine batters she faced out of the bullpen, including via strikes. In Le Moyne's five-game win streak, Harrison is 4-0 with one save, a 0.24 earned run average and 54 strikeouts over 29 innings. Nine Dolphins accounted for Le Moyne's 10 hits, while Cawley and Kermidas each had two RBI. Trask suffered the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits over three innings in the circle.

Le Moyne (9-11, 7-4 NE-10), which has outscored its opponents 20-5 during its five-game win streak, returns to action on Wednesday for its home opener against American International College at 3:00 p.m.