The D'Youville softball team returned to Bob Klein Field for another doubleheader with the Molloy Lions, dropping the opener. 8-5. before falling in game two, 6-4, Saturday afternoon in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
The doubleheader saw the Saints move to 12-16 overall and 7-15 in the East Coast Conference, as the hosts improved to 26-12 and 14 in league play.
Game One Recap
Both teams played to a scoreless draw until the Lions broke through with a four-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Four hits, including doubles form Karsyn Eaton and Mikaela Tribby, handed the Lions the early advantage. Three more hits, including a two-run double from Eaton, plated two additional runs for Molloy in the fourth.
D'Youville foudn some offensive life after that, as senior pitcher Alexa Haberer led off the top of the fifth inning with a ground-rule double. Later in the frame, freshman first baseman Ava Miller found a hole between first and second, driving in Haberer and junior right fielder Mikaela Milleville to draw two runs back from the six-run deficit.
Trailing by six runs heading into the top of the seventh inning, sophomore catcher Jamie Bower started a late rally with a base hit through the right side. Five batters later with the bases loaded, Miller came through again for the Saints with a bases-clearing double down the right field line. Senior shortstop Rachel Colan continued the rally with a base hit to left, but two D'Youville strikeouts sealed the win for Molloy.
Haberer (5-7) got the nod in game one and tossed a complete game in the circle. The senior fanned six Lions and issued three walks while surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits. Her counterpart in the circle, Courtney Greene, struck out 11 Saints and walked three while allowing five earned runs on eight hits in her complete-game victory.
Game Two Recap
The Lions pounced on the Saints quickly in the rematch, striking for two runs in the first courtesy a two-run double to left center from Marissa Nicoletti, and Chrissie Huhn's RBI single in the second inning tacked on one more Molloy run.
Junior second baseman Maddy Pepke grabbed one D'Youville run in the top of the third when she advanced home on a wild pitch. Pepke originally reached base on an 11-pitch walk and moved to third when Mikaela Milleville laced a single through the right side of the infield.
After a scoreless home half of the third inning, Bower stepped up in the fourth and launched the first home run of her D'Youville career over the left-center fence. Bower's solo blast cut the Lions' lead to one run at 3-2, as she became the fifth Saint to homer this season. Molloy answered right back in the bottom of the fourth, using a D'Youville throwing error and a run-scoring single to reclaim a three-run cushion.
Colan led off the sixth inning, lacing a 1-1 pitch to right field, and two batters later, Bower picked up another hit with a single to center field to plate Colan. Junior center fielder Carly Milleville continued the rally with a single to left, driving in Bower and pulling the Saints to within one run of the Lions at 5-4.
Unfortunately for the Saints, Greene drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, hitting a sacrifice fly that made it 6-4.
Senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich took the circle in game two, striking out four and walking three while allowing five earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work. Freshman Lauren Booth entered the circle in the sixth inning in relief of Goodrich. In her one inning of work, Booth struck out one and walked one but surrendered the late insurance run.
Notables – Molloy leads the all-time series, 4-0 ... Four Saints hit safely multiple times on Sunday, led by Bower (3-for-5, one HR, two RBI, three runs, one walk), followed by Mikaela Milleville (2-for-3, one run, one walk), Miller (3-for-8, five RBI), and Colan (2-for-5, one run, one walk) … Molloy outhit the Saints Saturday, spraying 22 hits as the D'Youville offense generated 14 hits ... Mikaela Milleville extended her on-base streak to 20 games and her hitting streak to 12-straight games ... Goodrich's double in the nightcap was her first extra-base hit since March 8, 2020 against Dominican.
Up Next - The Saints will close out the regular season Sunday with a doubleheader at Queens. First pitch for game one is set for 11 a.m.
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