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Softball Scores Early and Often in Doubleheader Sweep of Hilbert

Maddy Pepke vs. Hilbert on March 20, 2021.
Maddy Pepke vs. Hilbert on March 20, 2021.

Backed by strong pitching and a consistent hitting display, the D'Youville softball team swept former AMCC rival Hilbert in a doublheader Saturday afternoon at Dobson Field. The Saints shut out the Hawks in five innings, 10-0, in game one and used 16 hits to take game two, 11-4. 

Saturday's non-conference victories improved the Saints to 3-1 on the young season, as Hilbert dropped to 0-2 overall.  

Game One Recap

D'Youville jumped on the board early, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Jamie Bower, as the flyout drove in one run from third while a second run came off an error from the Hilbert third baseman on the same play. In the second inning, freshman first baseman Ava Miller made a nice move to evade a tag at the plate to score D'Youville's third run and junior second baseman Maddy Pepke doubled to left center later in the frame to put the Saints up by four.  

After another two-spot in the third, the Saints plated four runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Junior center-fielder Mikaela Milleville laced a triple to right center, scoring Pepke from first. Milleville came around to score when Bower's base hit snuck through the left side of the infield. D'Youville tacked on two more in the frame on a sacrifice fly from freshman left-fielder Lauren Vickers that drove in Bower before a fielding error by the Hilbert first baseman on the cutoff throw allowed senior shortstop Rachel Colan to advance home. 

The Saints picked up a dominant performance in the circle from senior pitcher Alexa Haberer (2-0). In her complete-game shutout, Haberer struck out three, only issuing two walks and one hit in five innings. Hilbert broke up Haberer's bid for a no-hitter in the top of the fifth inning with a bunt single. 

Game Two Recap

The Saints took a first-inning lead again in game two off another Bower single, driving in Pepke. D'Youville added a pair of runs in each of the second, fourth, and fifth innings before blowing the game open with four runs in the sixth inning.  

Down by five runs in the fifth inning, the Hawks answered with four runs to cut the D'Youville advantage to just one run. D'Youville wasted no time retaking control of the game with six runs across their final two trips to the plate. Freshman left-fielder Mikayla Bush drove in a pair of key insurance runs on a single to right center, driving in sophomore Maeve Finney and Miller. The Saints padded their advantage in the sixth, using four Hilbert errors to add four more runs to their total. Miller highlighted the inning with a single to center, scoring Haberer from second. 

Senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (1-1) got the nod in game two and tossed D'Youville's second complete game of the day. Goodrich fanned nine Hawks and didn't give up a single walk while allowing five hits and three earned runs.  

Notables – Seven Saints hit safely multiple times in Saturday's twin bill, paced by Pepke (5-for-6, one double, one RBI), Milleville (3-for-5, one triple, two RBI), Bower (4-for-5, one double, five RBI), Colan (2-for-6), Vickers (2-for-5, one RBI), Miller (3-for-6, one RBI), and Bush (2-for-4, four RBI) ... As a team, D'Youville racked up 24 total hits over the two games, struck out only five times, and left nine runners on base ... Haberer has went the distance in seven-straight starts, winning six of those outings ... Pepke has recorded a hit in five-straight games dating back to 2020, and has at least one hit in 11 of her 14 career games played for D'Youville ... Colan is also tallied a hit in each of the Saints' first four games this season.

Up Next – D'Youville will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Houghton, N.Y., for a doubleheader with Houghton College on Tuesday, March 23. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m. and game two is set to take place at 5 p.m. 

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