Softball moves into first in NE Division with sweep at Assumption

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College softball team surged to the top of the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference as sophomore Morgan Perry and freshman Courtney Fisher pitched the Hawks to 3-0 and 3-2 road victories over Assumption College on Saturday at Marois Field.

In the first game of the day, Perry threw her fourth-straight shutout for Saint Anselm (26-9-1, 13-3-1 NE10), limiting Assumption (12-9, 7-4 NE10) to two hits to run her scoreless inning streak to 27. Fisher allowed just three hits in game two, which was scoreless until the seventh inning.

Saint Anselm 3, Assumption 0 | Box

Perry retired 15 of the final 16 batters she faced, allowing just a two-out walk in the seventh after the third inning, to finish off her sixth shutout of the season. The sophomore allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out three to improve to 15-3 this spring.

Saint Anselm put two runs on the board in the first inning on a two-out, two-run triple by sophomore Shannon Colson. After that, Assumption starter Kendal Roy surrendered just one run as part of a complete game effort. Roy walked five and struck out 10, conceding three runs (two earned) on seven hits.

Amanda Bickford started the game with an infield single and Maggie Murphy reached on an error after dropping down a bunt to put two runners on. After a fielder's choice and a strikeout, Colson tripled to right to plate Murphy and Erin Thompson and get the scoring started.

The Greyhounds put two runners on base in the second but Perry struck out two in the inning to escape. A leadoff single by Brooke Murphy to start the third was the final hit Assumption would manage off Perry.

Saint Anselm tacked on a third run in the fifth when Thompson singled with one out and came around to score on a Megan Murrell double to center. The Hawks threatened for more, leaving runners on second and third in the sixth and the bases loaded in the seventh, but Perry took care of the rest. 

Saint Anselm 3, Assumption 2 | Box

After six scoreless innings, Saint Anselm broke through with three runs in the top of the seventh and held off Assumption in the bottom of the inning to complete the sweep. The Greyhounds had the tying run at third with two outs in their final at bat, but Fisher got a ground out to third to wrap up her ninth win of the season.

Fisher retired 13-straight batters before Assumption finally got to her in the seventh and finished the game with a career-high eight strikeouts. The freshman did not walk a batter and allowed just three hits.

Assumption's Mia Nowicki also put up zeroes through the first six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Nowicki allowed seven hits and six walks in a complete game with four strikeouts.

Saint Anselm had the best chance to score in the first six innings in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out on a pair of walks and a Colson single. Nowicki, however, got out of the jam with a foul pop up and a strikeout.

The Hawks finally broke the deadlock in the seventh by scoring three runs with two outs. Saint Anselm loaded the filled the bases with one out on two singles and a walk before Nowicki got a force play at the plate for the second out. Murrell worked a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first run and Colson followed with a two-run single up the middle to add two more.

In the bottom of the inning, the first three Assumption batters reached base, with Stephanie Menard driving in a run with a single after coming to bat with runners at second and third and nobody out. The Greyhounds had runners at second and third with nobody out before Fisher retired the final three batters. After a strikeout, Caitlin Mirabell made it a one-run game with a RBI ground out but Fisher got Victoria Petrie to ground out to third for the final out, leaving the tying run at third.

The third game of the series slated for Sunday, Apr. 15 was postponed due to the inclement weather in the forecast. Saint Anselm's next scheduled games are a doubleheader at home against Saint Michael's on Wednesday, Apr. 18 with first pitch set for 3 p.m.

Notes 

  • Bickford had two hits in each game, bringing her season total to 56 – tied for the second-highest single-season total in program history.
  • Murrell moved into sole possession of second in career doubles (39) at Saint Anselm with one in each game. She also drove in a run in each game and her 94 career RBI are tied for second-most all-time at Saint Anselm.
  • Perry's six shutouts and 15 wins this season are both the most by a Saint Anselm pitcher in a season since current assistant coach Tayla Trask in 2014.