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Softball Begins Key Stretch with Mercy, STAC Doubleheaders

Ava Miller vs. Bridgeport on April 9, 2021.
Ava Miller vs. Bridgeport on April 9, 2021.

D'Youville (7-7, 2-6 ECC) vs Mercy (8-4, 7-1 ECC) 

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 

Times: 12:30 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. 

Watch: ECC Network 

Follow: Live Stats 

Location: Dobson Field (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

 

D'Youville vs St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2, 2-0 ECC) 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 

Times: Noon | 2 p.m. 

Watch: ECC Network 

Follow: Live Stats 

Location: Dobson Field (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

 

D'Youville at St. Thomas Aquinas  

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021 

Times: 2 p.m. | 4 p.m. 

Watch: ECC Network 

Follow: Live Stats 

Location: Dobson Field (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

 

The D'Youville softball team returns to the diamond this weekend for three doubleheaders, one with Mercy on Friday, April 16, and a pair of twin bills with St. Thomas Aquinas at Dobson Field, beginning Saturday, April 17. 

Last Time Out – The Saints dropped a pair of one-run contests to Bridgeport at home on April 9. The two defeats saw the Purple Knights sweep the season series between the two schools, taking all four games by one run each. The Saints traveled downstate later in the weekend for doubleheaders with Queens and Molloy but never ended up playing a single inning as both dates were postponed due to inclement weather. 

Tale of the Tape – The Saints and Mavericks are meeting for the second time this season as Mercy took two from D'Youville in a doubleheader on April 2 in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. D'Youville is meeting St. Thomas Aquinas for the first time since joining the East Coast Conference. The Saints and Spartans were set to meet for a doubleheader in Sparkill, N.Y. on April 3, but the double-dip was postponed to Sunday, April 18, due to COVID-19 protocols in the STAC program. Sunday's doubleheader will be played as home games for STAC, with D'Youville playing as the visitors on their home turf. Saturday's doubleheader will still be played as two home games for the Saints.

D'Youville by the Numbers – Five Saints are batting over .300 this season, paced by junior Maddy Pepke (.440 AVG), as she is followed up by junior Mikaela Milleville (.375 AVG), sophomore Jamie Bower (.316 AVG), freshman Ava Miller (.308 AVG), and freshman Lauren Booth (.308 AVG) ... Pepke and Milleville also lead the team in stolen bases with three apiece ... Bower sits atop the D'Youville RBI tally with 11 followed by Booth's eight runs driven in ... As a team, the Saints are batting .277 with a .344 on-base percentage, and a .355 slugging percentage ... D'Youville carries even records at both Dobson Field and on the road with a 3-3 home mark and a 4-4 record away from Buffalo. 

Mercy at a Glance – The Mavericks sit at third in the ECC despite a 7-1 conference mark. Overall, Mercy is 8-4 on the season and are riding a three-game win streak following a doubleheader sweep, 5-4 and 9-1, over Queens on Tuesday, April 13 ... The Mavericks are led at the plate by Hannah Mueller (.429 AVG), Alexis Crawford (.415 AVG), Sydney Johnston (.414 AVG), Danielle Burgos (.412 AVG), and Alyssa Guzman (.333 AVG) ... Samantha Franck paces Mercy with nine RBI, including a team-high two home runs. 

STAC at a Glance – The Spartans are off to a hot start this season with an 8-2 record. Their 2-0 conference mark, by winning percentage, is good enough for a tie at the top of the ECC standings with Bridgeport ... Entering their doubleheader with Mercy on Wednesday, April 14, the Spartans had only played two games in the previous three weeks. Those two matchups resulted in a doubleheader sweep over Queens, 3-0 and 10-2, on April 10 ... Three Spartans are batting over .400 this season, led by Amanda Schweitzer (.481 AVG), Kim Astrologo (.474 AVG), and Carissa Della Vecchia (.433 AVG) ... The Spartans have been dominant at home in 2021 with a 7-1 record but have been hardly tested on the road with a 1-1 mark. 

Follow the Saints - Tune into all three doubleheaders this weekend on the ECC Network and track the action via live stats. Follow the Saints all season long on Instagram (@dyouvillesoftball) and Twitter (@DYouvilleSB)