Freshman pitcher Lauren Booth's first career no-hitter and junior second baseman Maddy Pepke's third inside-the-park home run of the season helped the D'Youville softball team return to its winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the College of Staten Island, 10-0 and 8-1, Saturday afternoon at Dobson Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
Winners in three of their last four games, the Saints improved to 10-12 overall and 5-11 in the East Coast Conference while the guests dropped to a 4-14 record on the season, holding the same mark in league play.
Game One Recap
D'Youville jumped out of the gates early with a six-run first inning, highlighted by three consecutive RBI hits from senior shortstop Rachel Colan, sophomore catcher Jamie Bower, and Booth. Colan's double to left drove Pepke in from second, Bower swapped places with Colan on another double to left field, and Booth drove in Colan with a base hit to left field. Two batters later, sophomore Carly Milleville continued the hit parade to left field with a single, scoring Booth, and sophomore left fielder Maeve Finney rounded out the scoring in the first with an RBI single up the middle.
Bower tacked on one more in the second inning with a single down the left field line, scoring Colan from third after her triple to the left-center gap.
Pepke took advantage of a shallow outfield in the bottom of the third inning and laced a drive over the Dolphins' left-fielder. Rounding second as the centerfielder picked up the ball, Pepke beat the relay throw home to put the Saints up, 8-0. The Saints weren't done in the third, as Bower doubled to center to advance junior right fielder Mikaela Milleville home from second base, while freshman first baseman Ava Miller drove Bower home with a single to right, adding two more to the D'Youville tally.
In the circle, Booth (2-3) was unhittable in five innings of work as the Lancaster, N.Y. native fanned three Dolphins and never surrendered walk. Booth's effort was near-perfect despite two runners reaching on defensive errors.
Game Two Recap
Mikaela Milleville and Colan picked up another first-inning run in game two. Milleville grabbed D'Youville's first hit of the game with a triple to left field and Colan drove her in on the next at-bat with a double to center.
Milleville continued her big day at the plate with a bases-clearing double down the left-field line in the home half of the second inning, handing the Saints a 4-0 advantage.
Jaclyn Kateridge plated the lone Staten Island run of the day during the fourth inning, roping a single that brought Claudia Porcaro in and broke the shutout.
Mikaela's sister, Carly, tripled to left center, clearing the bases once more in the bottom of the fifth to put D'Youville up, 7-1. Miller rounded out the scoring for the Saints two batters later on a single that sneaked through the left side of the infield to score Carly Milleville from third base.
Senior pitcher Alexa Haberer was given the nod in the circle and picked up her team-best fifth win of the season. In her complete-game effort, Haberer struck out three and walked none while surrendering one earned run on six hits.
Notables – Booth's no-hitter was the first for the Saints' pitching staff since Haberer's perfect game on March 11, 2020 against Alverno in a 12-0, five-inning win ... Booth is also the first D'Youville freshman to throw a no-hitter since teammate Brittaney Goodrich did so against Alfred State on April 12, 2018 in a five-inning victory ... Saturday's sweep saw the Saints take all four games against the Dolphins in 2021 ... Booth and Haberer never issued a walk in their combined 12 innings on Saturday … In the two victories, D'Youville compiled 23 hits compared to six from Staten Island ... Four Saints hit safely three-or-more times in the twin-bill, led by Colan (4-for-6, one 3B, two 2B, two RBI, four runs scored, one walk), Mikaela Milleville (4-for-7, one 3B, one 2B, three RBI, three runs scored), Bower (3-for-5, three RBI, two runs scored), Miller (3-for-6, two RBI, two runs scored), and Pepke (3-for-6, one HR, one RBI, one run scored, one walk).
Up Next – The Saints play at Dobson Field for the final time in 2021 on Sunday, hosting a doubleheader against Queens College. First pitch for game one is slated for noon.