Softball wins fifth in a row, completes sweep of Ravens

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College softball team won its fifth-straight game and completed a three-game sweep of Franklin Pierce University by downing the Ravens in five innings, 9-1, on Thursday afternoon at South Athletic Fields.

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Sophomore Morgan Perry limited Franklin Pierce (3-10, 0-3 NE10) to an unearned run on just two hits to earn her 10th victory of the season for Saint Anselm (18-7-1, 5-1-1 NE10). The right-hander struck out six over her sixth complete game of the season, lowering her ERA to 1.85 through 13 starts.

Offensively, the Hawks pounded 10 hits, led by a 3-for-3 day at the plate for sophomore Maggie Murphy, who stole two bases and scored a run. Senior Megan Murrell reached base all four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run and an RBI. Junior Jordan O'Connor was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

After posting a pair of come-from-behind victories over the Ravens on Wednesday, Saint Anselm jumped out in front with two runs in the top of the first as the designated away team, despite playing on its home field. Murrell laced a two-out RBI single to center to score Murphy from second and open the scoring. After a walk and a hit by pitch filled the bases, Michaela Kane coaxed a bases-loaded walk to plate another run.

The Hawks scored twice more in the second, starting the inning with three-straight hits. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Murphy reached on a bunt single and a run came around to score after an errant throw to first. Madison Borrelli drew Saint Anselm's second bases-loaded walk of the game later in the inning with two outs to make it 4-0.

Franklin Pierce scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second to get on the board, but Saint Anselm came right back with three in the top of the third. All of the damage came with two outs, as Erin Thompson provided a two-run double to left center after coming to bat with runners at second and third and two away. Borrelli drew her second bases-loaded walk of the game for the third run in the inning.

Seven of Saint Anselm's nine runs in the game came with two outs as the Hawks added two more in the fifth. With runners on second and third and one out, Kane drove in one with a ground out and Shannon McLaughlin followed with a rocket to the fence in center to score the final run of the game.

Perry retired the first five batters she faced as well as setting down the final eight Franklin Pierce hitters of the game.

Saint Anselm remains at home to face Merrimack in a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 31. First pitch is slated for noon.