Softball pounds 18 hits, drops games to Minnesota Duluth and No. 19 Indianapolis

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College softball team pounded out nine hits in each game but was defeated 8-3 by the University of Minnesota Duluth and 7-1 by No. 19 the University of Indianapolis on Friday at The Spring Games.

Minnesota Duluth 8, Saint Anselm 3 | Box

Minnesota Duluth (10-7) used a six-run third inning and got a complete game from Valerie Hohol to defeat Saint Anselm (1-5) in the Hawks' first game of the day. Amanda Bickford, Maggie Murphy and Leiandra Wilson each had pair of hits for the Hawks in the loss.

Saint Anselm took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jordan O'Connor that scored Murphy, who started the inning with an opposite-field double. With the Hawks threatening for more, Hohol got out of the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

The Bulldogs got their bats going in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs on seven hits to take command. Sammi Sadler and Jayme Langbehn each had two-RBI hits for Minnesota Duluth, as seven-straight batters reached in the inning.

In the next half inning, the Hawks responded by getting two runs back to get within three, 6-3. After Wilson singled and O'Connor was hit by a pitch, Colson dropped a RBI single down the left-field line to score Wilson. Two batters later, Erin Thompson knocked in O'Connor with a single to left.

A Lauren Oberle home run in the bottom of the fourth and a Sadler RBI single in the bottom of the sixth accounted for the final two runs of the game for the Bulldogs. Hohol took care of the rest to move to 2-0 on the season, scattering nine hits and two walks over the complete game.

Morgan Perry took over for Sam Hennequin in the third and held Minnesota Duluth to two runs (one earned) on five hits in 3.2 innings with three strikeouts for Saint Anselm.

No. 19 University of Indianapolis 7, Saint Anselm 1 | Box

In the nightcap, the University of Indianapolis (10-4) scored in five of its seven at-bats to down the Hawks 7-1. Colson was 3-for-4 for Saint Anselm, while Bickford and Wilson each provided a pair of hits.

The Greyhounds got out to a quick start, as their first five batters all reached base safely to put two runs on the board in the first. Indianapolis had just two hits in the frame but took advantage of three walks, before Hennequin came on to strikeout the final three batters of the inning.

Indianapolis scored twice more in the second to build a 4-0 lead, scoring on a leadoff home run by Julia Liceaga and a two-out single by Tayler Weck. A Dani Turner solo shot with two outs in the fourth made it 5-0, before Karoline Leavitt rocketed a triple to right to score Wilson in the bottom of the inning to get the Hawks on the board.

The Greyhounds added single runs in the sixth and seventh on a RBI triple by Jessie Noone and a solo home run from Natalie Lalich. Lauren Honkomp pitched the first six innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on eight hits to improve to 8-1. Crystal Sicard came on for the seventh and tossed a scoreless frame, allowing one hit.

After entering in the first inning, Hennequin fanned a career-high 10 for Saint Anselm, including getting the first six outs of the game via the strikeout.

Saint Anselm closes out its trip to Florida on Saturday, March 11. The Hawks face Bridgeport at 3:30 p.m. and Kutztown, which is receiving votes in the national rankings, at 6 p.m.

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