Hennequin tosses game-one gem in split with Saint Rose

ALBANY, N.Y.Sam Hennequin hurled an 11-strikeout gem in game one as the Saint Anselm College softball team split a pair of one-run games, winning game one 2-1 and falling 4-3 in game two, against the College of Saint Rose in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Albany Field.

Saint Anselm 2, Saint Rose 1 | Box

Hennequin struck out a career-high 11 for her third double-digit strikeout performance of the season for Saint Anselm (3-9, 1-3 NE10) in game one. The senior limited Saint Rose (6-12, 4-2 NE10) to one run on four hits to record her third win of the season.

Offensively, Shannon McLaughlin led the Hawks by going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and one RBI, while Michaela Kane also was 2-for-3 at the dish. Maggie Murphy drove in the other run for Saint Anselm, while Amanda Bickford walked twice and scored a run.

After a strikeout to start the game, Hennequin got into trouble in the top of the first, loading the bases after a single and two walks. However, the senior got a strikeout and a pop up to first to escape the jam.

The Hawks gave Hennequin all the run support she would need in the bottom of the first by scoring twice. Bickford led off the frame with a walk, moved to second on a bunt by Shannon Colson and came around to score on a double by McLaughlin. After a walk to Megan Murrell, Murphy plated McLaughlin with a single to make it 2-0.

Hennequin again wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the top of the fifth, leaving the bases full by getting a strikeout and a ground out to the catcher to keep the shutout intact. The Golden Knights finally got on the board in the top of the seventh on doubles by Dana Nicoletti and Briana Bowen, but Hennequin got her 11th strikeout to seal the win and leave the tying run at second.

Saint Rose 4, Saint Anselm 3 | Box

In game two, Saint Anselm battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game after six innings, but Astasia Myler broke the deadlock with a one-out solo home run in the top of the seventh to give the Golden Knights a split of the twinbill.

Kaleigh Scoville went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run, Murrell was 2-for-3 with a run and Bickford was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Hawks. Kane and Colson each drove in runs for Saint Anselm, while Morgan Perry had a career-high six strikeouts in a complete-game effort in the circle.

The middle of the Saint Rose order was a combined 6-for-12 with two runs and three RBI, as Bowen, Myler and Jadyn Costello were each 2-for-4. Nicoletti scored two of the Golden Knights' four runs and Roma Mazzariello evened her record at 4-4 by holding Saint Anselm to three runs (one earned) in a complete game.

The Golden Knights got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on a Bowen single after Nicoletti walked to start the game and moved to third with one away on a stolen base and a ground out. Saint Rose threatened to add another in the second, but Perry got out of a first-and-third, one-out jam.

In the third, Costello's single plated Myler, who doubled with two outs, to double Saint Rose's advantage. Another Costello single and an error led to the Golden Knights' third run in the top of the fifth, putting the Hawks in a three-run hole.

Saint Anselm cut the deficit to one with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on first and third and one out, Colson reached on a fielder's choice and Scoville, who started the inning with a double, came in to score on an error. Bickford, the next batter, lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Madison Borrelli to make it a 3-2 game.

Perry got a ground out and a foul out to again leave runners at the corners in the top of the sixth and keep the score at 3-2. The Hawks proceeded to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame, as Murrell singled with one out and Kane followed with a double to drive in her first-career run.

After Myler's home run put Saint Rose back on top, Borrelli led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, moved to second with two outs, but was left there as the Golden Knights earned a split in the first meetings between the two programs since 2013.

Saint Anselm is slated to play a pair of home doubleheaders this coming week, beginning with two against Franklin Pierce at 3 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

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