Saints clinch softball playoff berth with sweep of Thoroughbreds
The St. Lawrence University softball team clinched a Liberty League playoff berth with a sweep of Skidmore College in Saturday's double header in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Saints, who improve to 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the conference, rallied to win game one before taking a 9-0 victory in the second game in five innings
Aisha O'Connor and Caroline Kieltyka led the Saints offensively, each going 4-for-8 on the day, while Lauren Weisbarth was 3-for-6. Liz McGinley pitched a two-hitter in game two, leading the Saints to the 9-0 win and her seventh of the season.Leslie Stratton led off the first game with a deep shot that rolled all the way to the fence, allowing her to cruise into third base. Stratton would score the game's first run on a wild pitch, but Skidmore pitcher Katie Sorochka recovered to get three outs without allowing another batter to reach in the inning.
St. Lawrence would extend its lead in the top of the fourth inning after Chelsea Cavellier and McGinley reached by a walk and a hit by pitch, respectively. A single from Cailyn Welsh plated Cavellier for St. Lawrence's second run of the game.
The Thoroughbreds would get one back in the fourth after Donata Lorenzo and Julia Schwartz led off with back-to-back-singles. Lorenzo would score on Mackenzie Whiting's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
The Thoroughbred bats came to life in the fifth inning as seniors Carol Brown and Schwartz singled in a pair of runs each to give Skidmore the lead, 5-2.
The lead wouldn't hold for long, however, as St. Lawrence smashed four hits en route to four more runs, making it 6-5 in favor of the visitors. Rebecca Allen doubled to left field, bring home Welsh and Kieltyka. Weisbarth's single brought in Allen to allow the Saints to regain the lead.
Two more late runs sealed the win 8-5 win for the Saints. Kieltyka's single brought Cavellier home, then Weisbarth's double allowed Kieltyka to cross the plate, capping the Saints' scoring in game one.
Plimpton moves to 7-6 on the season as she scattered five hits and two earned runs while striking out 15 Thoroughbreds. Sorochka moves to 8-13 on the year after allowing eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits and striking out eight batters.
In the second game, St. Lawrence threatened early as the Stratton, Natasha Bell and Cavellier each reached to load the bases. McGinley pushed the first run across, drawing a bases loaded walk before a fielder's choice on Kieltyka's at bat made it 2-0 in favor of the visitors.
St. Lawrence loaded the bases again in the second inning, this time producing three more runs to extend its lead to 5-0. Cavellier and McGinley both drew bases loaded walks, and then Kieltyka's single to center field scored Bell.
The visitors loaded the bases again in the top of the fourth, tacking two more runs onto their lead as Welsh was hit by a pitch to force in Bell and then Weisbarth knocked in Cavellier for St. Lawrence's eighth run as she lined one up the middle. In the fifth inning, St. Lawrence added its ninth run as Bell scored on Kieltyka's single, helping the Saints earn the 9-0 win after five innings of play.
McGinley improves to 7-5 on the year after giving up just two hits in five innings of work. Meanwhile, Schwartz takes the loss for Skidmore after tossing three innings and allowing six runs. Bell went 2-4 in the second game with four runs scored, while McGinley helped her own cause going 2-2 with two walks and two RBIs.