Sears shines in Saints softball sweep of Bears
First-year Hannah Sears helped the Saints to a sweep of SUNY Potsdam pitching four innings for the win in game one and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two. St. Lawrence did not allow a run on the day, winning 4-0 and 1-0, respectively.
Jordan Sheridan started game one on the mound for the Saints and pitched three innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts before Sears came in in relief in the fourth.In the bottom half of the same frame, Rebecca Allen broke the 0-0 tie when she scored on an error by the Potsdam first baseman that allowed Cailyn Welsh to reach safely.
The Saints pushed three more across in the bottom of the sixth to increase their lead to 4-0. Allen led things off with a single to center field and then Nicole Matthews beat out a throw from the third baseman on a bunt down the line for an infield single.
With two runners aboard, Sears stepped to the plate and drilled a double to the base of the wall in right center to clear the bases. Pinch-runner Sumra Sikandar advanced to third on a ground out by Welsh and eventually came in to score on a wild pitch.
Kyle Plimpton took the mound in game two for St. Lawrence and allowed just one hit, while recording 10 strikeouts, pushing her total to 208 on the season.
With the game still scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, Allen led things off with a hard-hit single that kicked off the tip of the Potsdam shortstop's glove and into center field. Nicole Matthews successfully moved Allen to second with a sac bunt, bringing Sears to the plate with a runner in scoring position. The Copake, N.Y. native lined a single up the middle and through to center field to plate Allen and win the game for St. Lawrence.
Now 15-19 on the year, the Saints will play another local foe in SUNY Canton at the Saints Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon with game one scheduled for 3:30 p.m.