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Colan's Walk-Off and a Milleville Grand Slam Help Softball Sweep Queens

Rachel Colan vs. Queens on April 25, 2021.
Rachel Colan vs. Queens on April 25, 2021.

After picking up its second East Coast Conference sweep of the season on Saturday, the D'Youville softball team completed the perfect weekend with another conference sweep over Queens College (N.Y.), 3-2 and 12-11, Sunday afternoon at Dobson Field in Buffalo, N.Y.

The pair of nail-biting victories moved the red-hot Saints, who have now won five out of their last six games, back to .500 on the season at 12-12 and 7-11 in ECC play. The Knights fell to 2-14 overall with an identical mark in league play.

Game One Recap 

Queens wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a double to left field courtesy of Danielle D'Angelo, as the hit and a D'Youville error allowed Cyarra Alvarado to score. Celebrating her senior day before the game, pitcher Brittaney Goodrich settled in after D'Angelo's double, as she held the Knights scoreless for the next five innings.   

After scoring 18 runs on Saturday, the Saints' offense struggled to get going in the opener as Queens starting pitcher Emma Wimmer (2-7) held D'Youville scoreless for the first four innings. Junior second baseman Maddy Pepke broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning with a triple to left-center, as sophomore left fielder Maeve Finney advanced home on the triple after she had reached on an infield single. On the next at-bat, junior right fielder Mikaela Milleville handed the Saints the lead with a base hit to center that plated Pepke.

Down to their last out in the top of the seventh inning, D'Angelo struck again with a triple to right-center, driving in Alvarado from first base. Goodrich would leave D'Angelo stranded at third base, getting Marisa Sagona to fly out to center field. 

Pepke led off the home half of the seventh with an infield single to give the Saints a chance at the walk-off victory. With D'Youville's biggest threat on the basepaths at first, Milleville advanced Pepke to third base on a sacrifice bunt that included an error on the Knights' second baseman. Also being honored during pregame on her senior day, shortstop Rachel Colan celebrated in style, driving in Pepke for the winning run on a single to center field. Colan's walk-off single handed the Saints the first of two one-run victories on the afternoon. 

In her final career start at Dobson, Goodrich (4-4) provided another quality start for the Saints. Her complete-game victory featured two strikeouts and three walks while allowing one earned run on seven hits. 

Game Two Recap 

The D'Youville bats lit up in the rematch with six runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a grand slam to left field from sophomore center fielder Carly Milleville. Milleville's blast was her first collegiate home run and only the second out-of-the-park homer for the Saints this season. After the Knights took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning, Carly's sister, Mikaela, cut the Queens lead in half with an RBI single back up the middle before freshman pitcher Lauren Booth tied the game with an infield single. Carly Milleville's grand slam came two at-bats later and put the Saints ahead 6-2. 

D'Youville reached double digits at the end of the second inning thanks to an RBI groundout from Colan, a ground-rule double from sophomore catcher Jamie Bower, and a double steal from Carly Milleville and freshman first baseman Ava Miller, with Miller advancing home from third base. 

Booth helped her own cause in the third inning with a two-run single to center, inflating the Saints advantage to ten runs at 12-2, driving in Colan and Mikaela Milleville. 

Facing defeat via mercy rule in the top of the fifth, the Knights made their move, scoring seven times on six hits and one D'Youville error. The big inning was highlighted by back-to-back doubles to left field from Alvarado and D'Angelo, accounting for four runs. Jenny Murphy tacked on three more with a bases-clearing single to right-center that brought Queens back to within three runs at 12-9. 

The Knights really put the pressure on the Saints in the top of the sixth inning, plating two more runs, including an RBI single from Arianna Fracchioni that cut the D'Youville advantage all the way from 10 runs at the beginning of the fifth inning to just a single run by the middle of the sixth frame. Reentering the circle at the top of the seventh, Booth erased Queens' comeback hopes, tossing a hitless frame to push the D'Youville winning streak to four games. 

In two separate stints in the circle, Booth (3-3) tossed an up-and-down five innings that saw her allow eight earned runs on 10 hits while striking out one and walking two. Goodrich made her second appearance of the day sandwiched between Booth. In two innings, Goodrich allowed two earned runs on three hits while fanning one and issuing one base-on-balls. 

Notables – Six Saints had multi-hit days in the twin-bill sweep, paced by Papke's big afternoon (7-for-8, one triple, one RBI, four runs scored), followed by Mikaela Milleville (4-for-6, one double, two RBI, three runs scored), Carly Milleville (3-for-5, one HR, two stolen bases, four RBI, one run scored), Miller (3-for-5, two walks, two stolen bases, two runs scored), Booth (3-for-7, three RBI, one run scored), and Colan (2-for-8, two RBI, one run scored) ... Pepke now has 14 multi-hit games this season, while Colan is next with seven multi-hit contests ... Mikaela Milleville extended her hitting streak to eight games and her on-base streak to 16-straight games ... Pepke and Colan are both on six-game hit streaks, while Carly Milleville holds a five-game hit streak ... The Saints compiled 24 hits on the day while Queens hit safely 20 times ... On the weekend, the D'Youville offense generated 47 hits in the four games played ... Queens left 15 runners on base while D'Youville left 13 stranded on the basepaths ... The Saints are now 4-6 in one-run games this season.

Up Next – The Saints will close the curtain on the 2021 regular season with three doubleheaders next weekend. D'Youville will play as the hosts at Molloy's Bob Klein Field on Friday, April 30, before returning as the guests on Saturday, May 1, for another twi- bill with the Lions. On Sunday, the Saints will meet Queens again for two more ECC contests in Flushing, N.Y.