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Softball Drops Pair of One-Run Nail-Biters to Bridgeport

Lauren Booth vs. Bridgeport on April 9, 2021.
Lauren Booth vs. Bridgeport on April 9, 2021.

The D'Youville softball team took on Bridgeport for the second time in two weeks, and just like the doubleheader in Bridgeport, Conn., the Saints dropped a pair of one-run East Coast Conference contests to the Purple Knights Friday afternoon at Dobson Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Both ends of the doubleheader had to be decided in extras, as the guests rallied to take the opener, 2-1, in the eight innings before edging out the Saints in the finale, 5-4, in another eight-inning affair.

Saturday's sweep saw the Saints fall to an even 7-7 record this season and a 2-6 mark in league play while the guests stayed undefeated at 6-0 overall and in the ECC. 

Game One Recap 

The opener featured a pitchers' duel between freshman Lauren Booth in the D'Youville circle and Miranda Hillman for Bridgeport. Both pitchers kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when junior center fielder Mikaela Milleville drove a ball over the left fielder's head, one-hopping into the left field wall and driving in junior second baseman Maddy Pepke from first base.  

A throwing error by the Saints proved costly for D'Youville, advancing Kiana Robinson from first to third base with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Robinson came around to score on the ensuing at-bat, knotting the game back up at one run apiece. In the extra frame, Kaira Ramon laced a single back up the middle to drive in the go-ahead run as the Saints were unable to answer in the bottom half of the eighth.  

Despite a stellar performance in the circle, Booth (1-1) was tagged with the loss. In 7.1 innings, she fanned four batters and only issued one walk while surrendering one earned run on six hits. Her counterpart, Hillman (1-0), struck out seven Saints and allowed one walk and one earned run on five hits. 

Game Two Recap 

The night cap began much like the opener with three scoreless frames from each side. This time, the Purple Knights broke the dead lock in the top of the fourth inning on another RBI single courtesy of Robinson. Booth answered in the home half of the fourth with an RBI single of her own before Bridgeport tacked on one more in the away half of the fifth when Hailey Kim scored on a base hit from Elyssa Marmolejo. 

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, senior shortstop Rachel Colan doubled own the left field line to drive in two Saints and hand D'Youville its first lead of the game. The Saints weren't done as Colan came around to score later in the inning on a throwing error by the Purple Knights' third baseman. Bridgeport wouldn't go away, tying the game once more in the top of the sixth with RBI singles from Robinson and Kim. 

After a scoreless seventh inning, the two conference foes went to extra innings for the second time Friday afternoon. Meg McFarland tallied another eighth-inning run when her base hit stayed fair down the right field line, driving in Kim and putting the Purple Knights ahead for good at 5-4. 

Senior right-hander Brittaney Goodrich started in the circle in game two for the Saints and struck out one and surrendered one earned run on five hits in 4.1 innings. Senior pitcher Alexa Haberer (4-3) came on in relief of Goodrich and allowed a pair of earned runs and five hits.  

Notables – Four Saints hit safely multiple times in the pair of defeats, including Booth (3-for-7, one double, one RBI) Pepke (3-for-8, one run scored), Milleville (2-for-4, one double, one walk, one RBI), and Colan (2-for-6, one double, two RBI, two runs scored) … The Purple Knights left 15 runners on base compared to 10 stranded runners by D'Youville ... Booth's 7.1 innings pitched is a career-high for the righty.

Up Next – D'Youville will hit the road for a conference doubleheader at Queens on Sunday, April 11, with game one's first pitch slated for noon. 

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