Saints softball splits with Millikin, Wesleyan
The St. Lawrence softball team held steady at .500 for the season (4-4) after earning a split with Millikin University and Wesleyan College on Wednesday night. Rebecca Allen was clutch for the Saints in both contests, going a combined 6-for-6 with a homerun and seven RBI on the day.
In the first game – a 17-6 loss to Millikin – the Saints found themselves in a 7-0 hole through the first three innings and couldn't recover. When they put three runs across in the top of the fourth, the Big Blue matched it. And when the Saints added four more in the top of the fifth, Millikin exploded for six of its own and ended the game.Those three runs in the fourth were all a result of Allen's homerun to center field, as she plated first years Nicole Matthews and Jordan Sheridan. Matthews singled to get things started for the Saints and was followed by Hannah Sears who singled to centerfield before Sheridan took over as a pinch runner.
In the fifth, Aisha O'Connor tripled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a ground out to the right side of the infield by senior Natasha Bell and cut the Big Blue lead to 10-4. Following an error by the Big Blue second baseman on a Cailyn Welsh grounder, Leslie Stratton – who found her way on base with a single to right field – came around to score.
With runners on the corners, Allen stepped to the plate and drilled a line drive double up the middle scoring Matthews. Welsh also advanced home on the throw to make it 10-7 in favor of Millikin and conclude the Saints scoring in game one.
The second game against Wesleyan College was a back-and-forth affair that had the teams knotted at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, before the Saints added three runs with a little bit of small ball.
O'Connor led off the inning with a line drive single to short and was followed by a bunt single by Bell to put runners on first and second for Matthews. The Valley Falls, N.Y. native grounded out to the pitcher, but was successful in advancing the runners.
Hannah Sears stepped to the plate and drilled a single to left, driving in O'Connor as the game-winning run. Allen followed suit with a single of her own which scored Bell and gave the Saints a 6-4 lead, and would eventually come around to score herself on singles by Kelly Burke and Marissa Boyer.
With a 7-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Sears struck out the side. In her first complete game win of the season, the Copake, N.Y. native recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts against the Pioneers.