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Softball Battles But Falls Twice to First-Place STAC

Brittaney Goodrich vs. STAC on April 17, 2020.
Brittaney Goodrich vs. STAC on April 17, 2020.

The D'Youville softball team returned to Dobson Field for their second of three doubleheaders this weekend. Despite improved performances in the circle for the Saints, the D'Youville offense was unable to solve a pair of dominating pitching performances from St. Thomas Aquinas' Carissa Della Vecchia and Paige Toothaker in the 7-0 and 5-0 setbacks Saturday afternoon.  

The back-to-back defeats dropped D'Youville to 7-11 on the season and 2-10 in the ECC while the guests improved to 12-2 and 6-0 in league play. 

Game One Recap 

The conference-leading Spartans jumped on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of a D'Youville fielding error that allowed Amanda Schweitzer to advance homeOn the next at-bat, freshman pitcher Lauren Booth was able to escape the bases loaded jam in the opening frame by inducing a ground-out to third base. 

The Saints threatened in the home half of the sixth inning when junior second baseman Maddy Pepke and junior right fielder Mikaela Milleville used back-to-back singles to get on base. The pair of juniors then moved up 60 feet into scoring position on a double steal. D'Youville as unable to cash-in as senior shortstop Rachel Colan lined out to second and sophomore catcher Jamie Bower flied out to left field to end the threat. 

In her 4.1 innings, Booth went toe-to-toe with one of the ECC's best in Della Vecchia, holding the Spartan offensive attack at bay after the first until her exit in the fifth inning. Della Vecchia went the distance in the opener, fanning 10 Saints while shutting out D'Youville on three hits.  

Senior pitcher Alexa Haberer came on in relief of Booth in the fifth inning and surrendered four earned runs on four hits, including a two-run home run by Rudae Gadson in the seventh. Haberer picked up a pair of strikeouts and issued two walks in 2.2 innings of relief. 

Game Two Recap 

Nicolette MacDonald tallied a pair of first-inning runs for the Spartans with a base hit to center field. Senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich settled down after the first, putting up zeros on the STAC score line for the next four innings. Despite Goodrich keeping the Saints within striking distance of the Spartans for much of the game, D'Youville managed only two hits in the rematch.  

In the sixth inning, an RBI single from Kim Astrologo preceded a two-run double courtesy of Melissa Sadler that downed the Saints for the final time on the afternoon.  

Goodrich (2-4) took the loss despite her complete-game effort. In seven innings, she struck out four while issuing five walks and five earned runs on six hits. Her counterpart in the circle, Toothaker (5-2), fanned four Saints and walked three while not giving up any runs on two hits. 

Notables – The all-time series moves to 2-0 in favor of STAC ... Milleville was the lone Saint to tally a hit in both ends of the doubleheader.

Up Next – The Saints and Spartans will make up a doubleheader originally scheduled for April 3 in Sparkill, N.Y. The Spartans will play host for both games at Dobson Field, with game one set for 2 p.m