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Softball Drops ECC Doubleheader at Bridgeport

Ava Miller vs. Rochester on March 10, 2021.
Ava Miller vs. Rochester on March 10, 2021.

The D'Youville softball team's quest for their program's first win against Division II competition as a member of the East Coast Conference will have to wait at least one more day, dropping a pair of contests to the University of Bridgeport Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport, Conn.

The Saints took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning before Bridgeport scored three unanswered runs to win game one, 4-3. In the second game, the D'Youville bats went quiet in the 1-0 defeat, only mustering up one hit against Bridgeport pitcher Kaite Burawski

The Saints dropped to 5-3 on the season and 0-2 in the ECC as the Purple Knights improved to 2-0 overall and in league play. 

Game One Recap

The Saints were held scoreless until reigning ECC Co-Player of the Week and USCAA Player of the Week Jamie Bower stepped up to the plate in the top of the fifth inning. Bower laced a single to left field, scoring junior Maddy Pepke from second base. The sophomore catcher advanced to second on the throw home and that proved costly for the Purple Knights as senior shortstop Rachel Colan doubled down the right field line to score Bower in the next at-bat and gave D'Youville their first lead of the game. Two batters later, senior pitcher Alexa Haberer got in on the rally and added another run to the D'Youville total with a single to center field, driving in Colan from third base and knocking pitcher Miranda Hillman out of the game. 

Bridgeport answered in the bottom half of the frame with back-to-back hits, beginning with an RBI triple from Meg McFarland, tying the game at threeThe game remained deadlocked at three until Bridgeport walked-off the Saints in the bottom of the seventh on single from Kaira Ramon, snapping D'Youville's four-game winning streak. 

Haberer (2-1) was tagged with her first loss of the season. In six innings, she struck out one and walked two while surrendering three earned runs (four total) on nine hits. Her Bridgeport counterpart, Hillman, lasted 4.2 innings while striking out five, while Samantha Schiebe got the win with 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Game Two Recap 

In the rematch, Bridgeport struck first in the second innning on a base hit to left field from Haley Kim that drove in Sam Ferreri. The D'Youville bats struggled to get going, as Burawski no-ht the Saints for the first 4.1 innings before freshman first baseman Ava Miller ripped a single to right field.

Senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (1-2) took the circle in game two or the Saints. In six innings, Goodrich struck out one and walked none while allowing one run on seven hits in the losing decision. Getting the win, Burawski finished her seven shutout innings of work with 15 punchouts.

Notables - Three Saints hit safely multiple times in the conferecne twin-bill, paced by Miller (3-for-5), Pepke (2-for-3, one run scored) and Colan (2-for-4, one RBI, one run) ... The Saints stranded 15 runners on the base paths, including 12 in game one, while the Purple Knights left eight on base in the pair of contests. 

Up Next – The Saints will take the short trip down to Staten Island, N.Y., for another conference doubleheader tomorrow with the College of Staten Island. First pitch for game one is set for 12:30 p.m. Tune into Sunday's doubleheader on the ECC Network and track the action on Live Stats