Plimpton, Stratton lead Saints softball to sweep of RIT
Kyle Plimpton led the Saints with two wins on the mound, including a two hit shutout in game two and Leslie Stratton tallied six RBIs, as the Saints wrapped their conference schedule by sweeping RIT 4-2, 8-0 on Friday afternoon in Rochester.
Plimpton, now 8-12 on the season for St. Lawrence, tallied a combined 14 strikeouts and allowed just six hits on the day.In the opening contest, the Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with first-years Hannah Sears and Kelly Burke each driving in runs with singles to left field. The other run was scored by senior Rebecca Allen, who scored from third when RIT catcher Kelsey McManus made an error on a throw to second base while trying to pick off Sumra Sikandar.
RIT answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run by Sarah Wolcott to pull within one, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get.
Leslie Stratton doubled to left in the top of seventh to plate Burke for an insurance run, making it 4-2 Saints and Plimpton retired RIT in order in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
In game two, St. Lawrence had built a 3-0 lead through the first four innings and then exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth to help end the game via the mercy rule.
Allen got things started in the fifth with a double to straight-away center field and came around to score on a Sears single to left. In the two at bats, Cailyn Welsh singled and Burke earned a walk to load the bases and force a pitching change for the Tigers.
Pitcher Anna Valentine walked the first batter she faced – Carly Dziekan – and plated the Saints fifth run, before Stratton doubled to center to clear the bases and push the lead to 8-0.
Stratton finished a combined 4-for-7 with six RBI, while Allen was a combined 4-for-6 on the day with three runs scored.
The Saints, now 12-18 on the season, will play host to Hamilton for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 27 starting at 1 p.m. and will honor the four members of the class of 2014 with a Senior Day celebration.