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Softball Falls to FNU, Blanks Brandywine to Stay Alive in USCAA World Series

Lauren Booth vs. Brandywine on May 17, 2021.
Lauren Booth vs. Brandywine on May 17, 2021.

Playing a pair of thrilling contests on the opening day of the tournament, the D'Youville softball team made their first program appearance at the USCAA Small College World Series Monday at Heindl Field in DuBois, Pa.

After jumping out to a one-run lead over No. 1 Florida National University in the top of the first inning, the No. 8 Saints were unable to cash in with runners on base in the 5-1 opening defeat.

The opening round setback placed D'Youville in the elimination bracket as they returned for Monday's nightcap to face No. 4 Penn State Brandywine in the first elimination game of the championship. The Saints didn't take their opportunities for granted in game two, erupting for 10 runs on 15 hits in the shutout victory, which will see their season go on for at least another day as Brandywine becomes the first school to bow out of the tournament. D'Youville's season record moved to 14-18, while the Lions wrapped up their campaign at 20-7.

Game One Recap – Florida National 

Sophomore second baseman and reigning East Coast Conference batting champion Maddy Pepke led off the game with a bunt single to third base. A sacrifice bunt and a groundout from junior right fielder Mikaela Milleville and freshman first baseman Ava Miller advanced Pepke to third base with two outs in the top of the first inning. Up next for the Saints was senior shortstop Rachel Colan, who delivered with an RBI double down the left field line to hand the Saints a 1-0 advantage over the top-seeded Conquistadors.  

After claiming a 2-1 advantage in the home half of the first inning, the Conquistador bats came out swinging again in the bottom of the second inning with singles on consecutive at-bats from Makayla Peralta and Nini Underwood, which set up Gabryella Hay for a three-run home run over the right field wall to push Florida National's lead to 5-1. Senior pitcher Alexa Haberer was knocked out of the circle after the three-RBI blast for fellow senior right-hander Brittaney Goodrich 

Despite scoring chances in the third and fifth innings with two runners on in each inning, D'Youville's best chance to get back into the game came in the sixth inning. Goodrich led off the sixth with a single to right field and sophomore center fielder Carly Milleville followed up with a single to the shortstop, while, two batters later, Colan loaded the bases with a single to center. Unable to advance home on Colan's single, the Saints went back onto defense empty-handed following a strikeout.

Haberer (6-7) was tagged with the loss Monday afternoon after pitching one-plus inning. She was charged with five earned runs on seven hits in the 11 batters she faced. Goodrich steadied the ship in the D'Youville circle, tossing 5.0 innings of scoreless relief while striking out a pair of Conquistadors and allowing three hits.  

Natasha Trujillo went the distance for Florida National, fanning seven Saints and walking one while surrendering one earned run on eight hits in her complete-game effort.  

Game Two Recap – Penn State Brandywine 

Pepke was at it again in Monday's elimination game, leading off the top of the first with an infield single. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mikaela Milleville and then reached third on Miller's base hit through the left side. A passed ball on the next at-bat scored Pepke to hand the Saints their second 1-0 advantage of the day.  

This time, D'Youville built on their early lead, plating three more runs in the top of the second to grab control of the game. Sophomore left fielder Maeve Finney started the two-out rally with a bunt single to the Brandywine pitcher, and Sophomore catcher Jamie Bower continued the inning with a walk and the two advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch during Pepke's next at-bat. The junior second baseman then brought both runners home on an infield single to shortstop. Mikaela Milleville capped off the big inning with a double to left-center, scoring Pepke from second base and increasing the Saints' early lead to four runs. 

The Lions threatened to trim the D'Youville advantage in the bottom of the third inning, putting runners on second and third with two outs but freshman pitcher Lauren Booth got Destiny Brophy to ground out to Miller at first base to keep the shutout intact 

Finney led off another three-run inning for the Saints in the top of the fourth with another infield single, this time to shortstop before Bower put her and Finney into scoring position with a double to left-center. Pepke drove Finney in for the second time, this time on a squeeze play, reaching second on her bunt as Bower took third.  

With runners on second and third, Mikaela Milleville cleared the bases for her second and third RBIs of the game with a triple to left field. Milleville's third triple of the season inflated the D'Youville lead to 7-0 and forced Brandywine to pull starting pitcher Rebecca Halford out of the game forRebecca Sorrenti. 

D'Youville tacked on three more in the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI single from Booth, an RBI double from Finney, and an RBI triple from Bower that sent the Saints into the next round of the double-elimination bracket.

Celebrating her birthday in the circle for game two, Booth (4-4) got her wish by tossing a complete-game shutout for the SaintsThe rookie right-hander fanned three batters, walked none, and allowed six hits during her seven-inning effort.  The rookie also added on two hits at the plate as well.

Halford got the loss, allowing six earned runs in 3.1 innings, while Sorrenti held the Saints to three runs in 3.2 innings and striking out three.

Notables – Florida National entered the USCAA Small College World Series at second in the league in home runs as Hay's homer was the team's 15th homer in 2021 ... The Saints struggled to drive runs in game one as they went 3-for-16 with runners on base, including a 2-for-7 mark with runners in scoring position ... D'Youville left nine total runners on base in the opener. 

D'Youville's 15 hits in the nightcap were the most in a game since March 29, 2021, when the Saints slapped 17 hits in the 13-3 victory over Staten Island ... Monday night's win was the third time all season where the Saints had 15 or more hits in a game ... D'Youville has nine games this season with 10 or more hits 

Pepke extended her on-base streak to 14 games with multiple hits in each of Monday's contests ... Pepke also has 18 multi-hit performances this season ... Finney's three hits in the nightcap are a career high for the sophomore ... The nightcap was Booth's second complete-game shutout of the season and her first that was seven innings in length ... Bower and Mikaela Milleville both tallied a double and a triple in the win over Brandywine.

Up Next – The Saints return to Heindl Field Tuesday evening in a win-or-go-home matchup, where they are set to face the loser of the second-round matchup between St. Mary of the Woods College and Mississippi University for Women. D'Youville is set to play after the conclusion of that game, with first pitch for the Saints slated for 5:15 p.m. 

Follow the Saints - Tune in for tomorrow's elimination game on the USCAA Network and track the action through Live Stats. Make sure to follow the Saints on Instagram (@dyouvillesoftball) and Twitter (@DyouvilleSB).