The St. Lawrence University softball team earned a 2-0 victory over Rensselaer in Saturday's nightcap, bouncing back from a 10-2, six inning loss to the Engineers in the Liberty League opener earlier that day. The Saints move to 8-8 on the season and are 1-1 in the conference and will travel to Schenectady, NY for a pair of games with Union tomorrow afternoon.
Senior pitcher Elizabeth McGinley was outstanding on the mound for the Saints in the second game as she scattered six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. An errorless defense behind her helped McGinley gain her second shutout of the season and improve to 5-3.
At the plate, St. Lawrence's first three hitters combined for five of the team's eight hits. They also scored both runs and had an RBI. Junior Leslie Stratton had a hit and scored an insurance run in the seventh inning. Junior Natasha Bell was 2-for-4, while Chelsea Cavellier was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
After three scoreless innings, the Saints finally broke through in the fourth when Becky Allen singled to left field to bring home Cavellier, who reached base on a hit by pitch and advanced into scoring position when Caroline Kieltyka single to centerfield.
St. Lawrence added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Stratton led the inning off with a single to center field, was moved to second by Bell and then came around to score on Cavellier's RBI single to right field.
In the first game of the day, RPI jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one on run-scoring doubles by Aimee Konet and Dani Grage. St. Lawrence tied the game with a pair of third inning runs as Stratton singled to centerfield to bring home Bell and Kieltyka to tie the game.
The Engineers responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning on a home run to left centerfield by Tori Hunt and a single by Grage.
St. Lawrence held Rensselaer scoreless in the fourth inning, but the Engineers erupted for five runs on three hits for a 9-2 fifth inning lead. Then the game ended in the next inning when Caitlin McGinvern singled in Nicole Batan.
RPI's Kristina Weltzin improved to 8-3 with the complete game effort. Kyle Plimpton went the distance for the Saints as she allowed six earned runs on 13 hits with nine strikeouts. Offensively, Stratton, McGinley, Kieltyka, Bell and Cailyn Welsh each had a hit apiece for St. Lawrence.