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Softball has Winning Streak Snapped by Molloy

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

Opening its final weekend of the regular season, the D'Youville softball team was unable to slow down another red-hot team, Molloy, in both ends of an East Coast Conference doubleheader Friday evening at Bob Klein Field in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The Saints jumped ahead early in game one before the Lions came back for a 12-5 win, as the hosts also took the nightcap by a 9-4 final.

Playing as the designated home team in both contests, the Saints moved to 12-14 overall and 7-13 in league action, seeing a four-game win sreak snapped. The Lions extended their own winning streak to eight games, improving to 24-12 on the season and 12-6 in ECC play.

Two players, freshman Ava Miller for D'Youville and Mikaela Tribby for Molloy, tallied five hits apiece in the twin-bill, as Miller racked up four hits in the opener while Tribby notched four hits in the second game of the evening.

Game One Recap

After both teams could not produce any first-inning offense, senior Alexa Haberer struck first for the Saints. Haberer's second-inning single scored freshman Lauren Booth, while Haberer came across later in the frame off a single from junior Maddy Pepke to give D'Youville a 2-0 advantage.

Molloy answered right back in the top of the third, as a Chrissie Huhn double brought in two runs to even the score, while Karsyn Easton doubled home Huhn to put the Lions in front. Tribby capped off the inning when she belted a three-run home run to left that made it 6-2.

D'Youville cut into the Molloy lead in the fourth, as a wild pitch allowed junior Carly Milleville to score.

The fifth saw the other twin, junior Mikaela Milleville, launch a solo shot to right field, before Miller cashed in sophomore Jamie Bower with a single that brought the Saints within one run at 6-5.

In the sixth, Molloy added some much-needed insurance as Grace Rende doubled in one run and Emma Bachman singled home Rende for another. The Lions got their third run of the inning when Courtney Greene hit a sacrifice fly to plate Bachman.

Rende added another extra-base hit in the seventh when she knocked out a two-run homer to make it 11-5, and Huhn tacked on the 12th Molloy run when she doubled to bring in Bachman.

Greene picked up the win with a complete game, striking out six in seven innings while allowing two earned runs.

Booth suffered the loss, giving up six runs in 2.1 innings. Senior right-hander Brittaney Goodrich followed, going 4.2 innings but issuing six runs herself despite three strikeouts.

Game Two Recap

Eaton used the third Molloy homer of the day to get the Lions on the board in the first, with Marissa Nicoletti knocking a base hit later in the first to plate Greene and give starting pitcher Amanda King a 2-0 lead before ever throwing a pitch.

The second inning saw Eaton smack another homer, a two-run shot to left-center, that widened the gap to 4-0. Tribby made it 5-0 two batters later with a double that advanced Greene home.

A D'Youville error in the third helped Molloy get its sixth run, as Akemi Poyer used the miscue to score from third base. The Saints would finally breakthrough in the bottom of the third, as Miller drew a bases-loaded walk that allowed fellow freshman Lauren Vickers to touch home.

Huhn gave Molloy the six-run advantage back in the fifth, hitting an infield single that plated Rende. Another D'Youville brought Huhn home one batter later, extending the Molloy lead to 8-1.

Booth singled in the home half of the fifth, scoring Miller and senior Rachel Colan to give the Saints some life at 8-4.

D'Youville would draw one run closer in the sixth, when a fielder's choice with Pepke up got Bower in to score, cutting the deficit to 8-4. Unfortunately for the Saints, Molloy would have to final say, as Eaton notched an RBI single in the seventh that capped off the 9-4 victory.

King ended up tossing five innings and allowing three earned runs, striking out six for the winning decision. Greene relieved King, giving up one hit in two shutout innings.

Haberer got the ball in the nightcap for D'Youville, surrendering six runs in 3.2 innings to be saddled with the loss. Booth pitched 3.1 more innings in relief, allowing one earned run and punching out five batters.

Notables – Molloy now leads the all-time series by a 2-0 margin … Miller's four hits in the opener are a career-high … Mikaela Milleville extended her on-base streak to 18 games, while her hitting streak sits at 10-straight … Milleville's homer was her first in a D'Youville uniform … With three hits in game one, Pepke now has 15 multi-hit contests this season.

Up Next – The Saints and Lions will wrap up the season series with another doubleheader on Saturday at Bob Klein Field. Game time for the opener is set for 1 p.m.