After struggling to find any offensive rhythm on Saturday at Bridgeport, the D'Youville softball bats found their stride Monday afternoon. It took one more day than they originally planned, but the Saints picked up their first two East Coast Conference victories, 4-1 and 13-3, over the College of Staten Island Monday afternoon at the CSI Softball Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.
Monday's twin-bill sweep, originally scheduled for Sunday but postponed due to weather, improved D'Youville to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in league play. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 overall and to an identical mark in the ECC.
Game One Recap
The D'Youville offense jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Junior second baseman Maddy Pepke reached second on a fielding error from the Dolphin's first baseman. Pepke made it to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior center fielder Mikaela Milleville and scored on the next at-bat when sophomore catcher Jamie Bower laced a single to left field. Later in the frame, Bower advanced home to double D'Youville's lead when senior shortstop Rachel Colan stole second and the throw landed in center field.
The Saints added one more in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Bower, driving in Pepke for the second time but Milleville was tagged out after being caught between second and third. D'Youville took advantage of four early errors from the CSI defense, leading to the three unearned runs.
After the Dolphins got on the board with an RBI single from Jaclyn Kateridge, Bower drove in her third RBI of the game with a double to right-center, scoring Milleville from second base and reestablishing D'Youville's three-run lead at 4-1.
Senior pitcher Alexa Haberer (4-1) gave the Saints another stellar performance in the circle, tossing her fifth complete game of the season on Monday. In seven innings, the right-hander fanned six batters (four looking) and issued three walks while allowing no earned runs on four hits.
Game Two Recap
The Saints got off to another hot start in the second half of the twin-bill. Pepke got the offense rolling, leading off the game with a single that snuck through the right side of the infield. Pepke advanced to third on a double to center from Bower and both runners scored on the next at-bat when reigning ECC Rookie of the Week Lauren Booth singled up the middle. The Saints weren't done in the first as errors from the pitcher and center fielder led to three more runs. Freshman first baseman Ava Miller tacked on another run with an RBI single. D'Youville's total reached six runs on five hits, including two errors courtesy of the CSI defense, at the end of the first inning.
With the bases juiced in the top of the third inning, Milleville singled to left field to drive in senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich from third. Bower collected her fourth RBI of the day in the next at-bat, reaching on a fielder's choice as Miller advanced home from third to push the Saints' lead up to 8-0. The hosts grabbed two runs back in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run triple by Elizabeth Moore, but Goodrich ended the threat by getting Kateridge to ground out to Colan in the next at-bat.
The Saints responded immediately with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Pepke singled and Milleville advanced her to third with a double down the right-field line. Bower loaded the bases with a walk, knocking Kateridge out of the circle, and Colan followed up with another walk after the pitching change. Two batters later, Booth collected an RBI on a ground-out to second base, reestablishing an eight-run advantage at 10-2.
Back-to-back hits from Goodrich and Miller, a two-run single by Goodrich and an RBI double from Miller, piled on three more runs to the D'Youville total, giving the Saints a 13-3 edge in the top of the seventh inning.
Goodrich (2-2) got the nod in the circle for game two. In 4.2 innings, the senior righty struck out five batters and issued only one walk while allowing three earned runs on four hits. Booth came in relief of Goodrich in the fifth and recorded the final seven outs for D'Youville. Booth picked up one strikeout while surrendering one walk and one hit in her third appearance this season in the circle.
Notables - Six Saints hit safely more than once in Monday's sweep. D'Youville was paced by Milleville (4-for-7; two doubles, one RBI, two runs scored, one stolen base), followed by Miller (4-for-8, two RBI, one run scored), Pepke (4-for-9; four runs scored), Booth (3-for-5; three RBI, two runs scored), Bower (3-for-7; two doubles, four RBI, two runs scored), and Goodrich (2-for-5; two RBI, three runs scored) ... As a team, D'Youville racked up 21 hits, including 17 in game two, compared to only 10 from Staten Island … Mistakes plagued the Dolphins all afternoon as they racked up eight errors between the two games while the Saints committed three errors themselves, all coming in game one ... Despite racking up 17 runs in the two games, the Saints still stranded 15 runners on base, including 11 in game two; CSI left 12 on base.
Up Next – The Saints return to Dobson Field on Wednesday, March 31, for a non-conference doubleheader with Gannon. The first pitch for game one is slated for 3 p.m.