Saints softball earns split with WPI, Stevenson
Aisha O'Connor drove in two runs and Kyle Plimpton struck out 12 batters as the St. Lawrence University softball team picked up its first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the first of the team's two games on Sunday afternoon in Clermont, Florida. In game two, an early six-run deficit doomed the Saints as Stevenson rolled to a 12-1 win on Saturday night. The Saints are now 1-3 thus far in Florida.
The Saints opened up a 2-0 lead with one run in both the second and third innings, before WPI stormed back for two of their own in the bottom of the third to even the score at 2-2.In the top of the fourth, Marissa Boyer doubled down the left field line to get things started for the Saints and then a single by Carly Dziekan put runners on the corners for Brady Cooper. Cooper singled, scoring Boyer for the eventual game-winning run. Next to the plate for the Saints was O'Connor, who also doubled down the left field line, driving in two runs and putting the Saints on top 5-2.
WPI added a run in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn't manufacture enough runs to overtake Plimpton who threw a complete game to earn the win.
In the second game, Stevenson put a run across in the bottom of the first inning and added five in the third to open up a 6-0 lead before the Saints could manufacture a run of their own.
In the top of the fourth, Hannah Sears got things going for the Scarlet and Brown with a single to left field, which was followed by a double by fellow first-year student Nicole Matthews. With two runners in scoring position, senior Rebecca Allen singled to center field to score Sears and make it 6-1 in favor of the Mustangs.
But in the bottom half of the inning, Stevenson added six more runs to take the 12-1 lead. A scoreless fifth for the Saints ended the game by virtue of the eight-run rule.
Sears and classmate Jordan Sheridan split time in the circle against the Mustangs, both tossing 2.0 innings. Sheridan recorded four strikeouts and struck out the side in the bottom of the third after coming in in relief.
The Saints will play a double header against Lancaster Bible College on Monday beginning at 5 p.m.