Mann's walkoff HR leads Saints softball to split
Mylea Mann hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead the St. Lawrence University softball team to a 9-8 win over Worcester State, but the Saints fell to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 5-3, in another dramatic finish to split a pair of games in Clermont, Florida, on Monday.
Mann's home run capped a wild opening game for the Saints, who saw an 8-4 lead disappear in the top of the seventh inning. The Saints got the second out of the inning with a bases-loaded ground ball to third, with Caitlin Syphurs throwing home to catcher Emma Reakes to preserve the four-run lead, but pinch hitter Kaci Panarelli drew a bases loaded walk and Ashley Lynch hit a bases-clearing double to the left field wall to tie the game.Angelina Carney capped a four-run first inning with a line-drive three-run home run over the left field fence. Taylor Armijo scored on an error in the second inning to push the lead to 5-0.
Sydney Despers hit a two-run home run in the third inning to cut the lead to 5-2, and Monica Ferrazzani scored on an error cut the lead to two in the fourth.
Elle Gray hit an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, and Deanna Sullivan scored on a double steal with Gray to give the Saints a 7-3 cushion, but Ferrazzani hit an RBI single in the fifth to trim the lead to 7-4. Syphurs drove Sullivan home with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 8-4.
Carney was 2-for-3 with the three-run home run, while Armijo was 2-for-3 with a double and Gray was also 2-for-3. Sullivan was not retired, hitting a lead-off double to start the game and working three walks.
Ferrazzani was 2-for-4, while Lynch was 2-for-5 for the Lancers.
Caroline Young, who came on in relief of starter Madison Mitchell after the game was tied, retired the final batter in the top of the seventh to improve to 3-1 on the season. Mitchell allowed nine hits and one earned run with three walks and five strikeouts; the Saints made a season-high five errors against Worcester State.
Rachel Frisch, who was relieved in the second inning but reentered after Carly Zielinski was hit in the shin by a hard ground ball, took the loss. She pitched 2.2 innings, allowing five earned runs and four walks with one strikeout.
The Saints came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the nightcap, but Kaylyn Holliday hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to put MCLA back in the lead, and while it appeared that St. Lawrence trimmed the lead to one with a two-out RBI double by Syphurs in the top of the seventh, the runner at first was called out for leaving the bag too early to end the game.
Kara Adams and L'Rae Brundige both hit RBI singles in the first inning for the Trailblazers, but Armijo and Sullivan responded with RBI singles to tie the game in the top of the second. MCLA took the lead again when Kaitlyn Berg scored on a sacrifice fly by Alanza Quino after a running catch by Armijo in center field in the third inning. The Saints tied the game in the next inning again, as Armijo legged out a single on a ground ball to third and Alexandra Barter scored from second base when the first baseman was unable to secure the late throw.
Armijo was 2-for-3 to lead the Saints' offense in the second game. Holliday and Kaitlyn Berghela were both 4-for-4 for MCLA, while Adams, Brundige and Kayla Baker all went 2-for-3. Morgan Watson (2-for-4) also had a multi-hit game for the Trailblazers.
Samantha Feinstein earned a complete-game victory for MCLA, allowing seven hits and three unearned runs with one strikeout and no walks. Young pitched the first five innings for the Saints, allowing three runs on 13 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Mitchell took the loss in one inning of relief.
The Saints, now 4-2 on the year, have an off day on Tuesday and will face Thomas and SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday.