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Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:28 am

3/8/15 – Monks Notch Two Wins on Opening Day

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Saint Joseph’s College (2-0) opened the 2015 season with a pair of victories in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic on Sunday afternoon. The Monks kicked off opening day with a walk-off, 5-4 win over Dominican University and finished play with a 13-4 triumph, in six innings, over Wisconsin Lutheran.

Saint Joseph’s 5, Dominican 4 - http://www.gomonks.com/sports/sball/201 ... 8_9g70.xml

Dominican held a 4-1 lead and a 7-1 advantage in hits through two innings, but Saint Joseph’s rallied with three runs in the bottom of the third and plated the game winner on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh.

Trailing 2-0 after the Stars scored twice off three hits and an SJC miscue in the top of the first, the Monks punched across their first run of the season in the bottom of the frame when senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) worked a leadoff walk and later scored on a Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) base hit.

St. Joe’s scored three runs off two hits and a pair of Dominican errors, all with two outs, to knot the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third. Sophomore center fielder Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) opened the rally with a double down the left field line and scored when the following batter, Mayhew, reached on an error. Freshman Shannon Laubauskas (Mexico, Maine) pinch ran for Mayhew and promptly scored on single by Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus), who tapped home plate with the tying run after sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) reached on an infield error.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior right fielder Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) led off with a single to center, moved to second on an Alyssah Dennett (Augusta, Maine) and scampered to third when freshman pinch hitter Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) roped a single to left. With the bases loaded and one down, Mayhew stepped into the box and slapped a ground ball to Stars second baseman Marissa Burns, who threw home for the force out, but Ramos beat the toss for the game-winning run.

Saint Joseph’s, outhit by a 10-6 margin in the victory, did not feature a repeat hitter in the season opener as Mayhew led the offensive effort with a pair of RBI in the thrilling win. Sophomore pitcher Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine) picked up the win in the circle after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief with a pair of strikeouts. Senior Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine) started the game but did not figure into the decision after yielding four runs off 10 hits and four walks in 5.2 innings of work.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 4-0 all-time versus Dominican University.

Saint Joseph’s 13, Wisconsin-Lutheran 4 (6 innings) -
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The Monks left little doubt as to which team would come out on top in the team’s second game of the young season, as the Royal Blue jumped out to an 8-0 lead off eight hits in the top of the first versus the Warriors. Saint Joseph’s tacked on three in the third and a pair in the sixth to account for the 13-run tally in a mercy-rule shortened contest.
Senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) paced the offensive effort by going 4-5 with three runs, a double, a triple and a pair of RBI while junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) went 4-5 with two runs, a double and a two runs batted in. Sophomore catcher Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI, junior outfielder Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was 2-2 with a run, a double and three RBI, and senior outfielder Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) added a pair of hits, including a double, with an RBI in the lopsided triumph.

Junior pitcher Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) picked up the win in the circle after allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits with five strikeouts in four innings and freshman pitcher Abigail Murphy (Randolph, Mass.) allowed a run off a walk with a strikeout over two innings in her collegiate debut.

Saint Joseph’s is now 1-1 all-time versus Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Monks return to action tomorrow, when they face Mount Mary at 9:00 AM and Ohio Wesleyan at 11:00 AM.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:25 am

3/8/15 – Softball Splits on Second Day of Florida Trip

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Saint Joseph’s College (2-1) defeated Mount Mary University (2-3), 20-7, and fell to Ohio Wesleyan University (2-0), 5-2, in Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic softball action on Monday morning.

Saint Joseph’s 20, Mount Mary 7 - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15 ... mtmary.htm

The Monks totaled 13 hits and 12 free baserunners (nine walks, three hit batsmen) in the convincing victory over the Blue Angels, as the Royal Blue pushed seven runs across off four hits in the first inning to assume control of the contest. Saint Joseph’s went on to score at least one run in the following four frames in what was the team’s second mercy-rule win in as many days.

In the first inning, junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) delivered a two-run double and sophomore catcher Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) plated a pair with a single to help lift the Monks to an early 7-0 cushion.

Senior pitcher Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) was plunked with an errant fastball to lead off the second and, after swiping second, scored on a Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) base hit.

The Monks scored three runs in the third, when Tripp plated Jordan – who doubled – with a base hit and later scored, along with Shannon Laubauskas (Mexico, Maine), when sophomore Casidee Couture (Jay, Maine) doubled to the right-center gap, making it an 11-0 game through three frames.

In the bottom of the third, the Blue Angles scored three runs off four hits and an error to make it an 11-3 score, but St. Joe’s responded with five runs on four hits in the fourth, when freshman second baseman Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) doubled home a pair and Couture ripped a two-run two bagger to put the game well out of reach, 16-3.

Freshman shortstop Alyssah Dennett (Augusta, Maine) also chipped in with her first NCAA hit, a triple, in the five-run fourth. Freshman outfielder Emilee Duggan (Newfield, Maine) scored on the three-bagger after notching her first collegiate hit: a single through the left side.

For the Monks, Tripp was 2-2 with three runs and four RBI, Couture went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBI, Jordan was 2-2 with four runs, a double, a triple and an RBI, and Mayhew finished the day with three RBI. Duggan was 2-2 with two runs scored and Hendrix scored twice without recording an official at bat.

Sophomore pitcher Kylie McFadden (Dover, N.H.) picked up the victory after yielding seven runs (six earned) off eight hits and four walks while fanning five and freshman Allie Pike (Buxton, Maine) allowed a hit and struck out the side in her collegiate debut in the circle.

Mount Mary starter Ashley Contreras (College Station, Texas) was hit with the loss after allowing 20 runs (17 earned) off 13 hits, nine walks and three hit batsmen. She also struck out five batters in the losing bid.

Ohio Wesleyan 5, Saint Joseph’s 2 - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/owu1.htm

Saint Joseph’s held a 2-1 lead going into the top of the seventh in a contest that featured dominant pitching, but Ohio Wesleyan put the game away with four runs off four hits in the first half of the final frame en route to securing a 5-2 victory.

The teams posted six hits combined through the first four and a half innings, with the Monks striking first with the help of an error in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore shortstop Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) reached on an infield error to lead off the frame and, after a pair of pop-outs to the catcher, sprinted home on a double by senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine), lifting SJC to a 1-0 lead.

The Bishops quickly responded with a run of their own, as junior pitcher Sarah Flint (Westerville, Ohio) walked and scored when the following batter, junior Lily Gresh (Westerville, Ohio), doubled, knotting the game at 1-1.

Hendrix helped her own cause in the sixth, as the senior captain delivered a one-out single and stole second to set the stage for sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.), who sent her battery mate home with a single to make it a 2-1 contest heading into the closing inning.

Hendrix started off well in the seventh, inducing a groundout for the first out of the inning, but the situation unraveled quickly, as Haley and Ashley Day (Plain City, Ohio) both singled and Cassi Ladina (Dublin, Ohio) walked to bring up Chelsea Denman (Pendleton, Ind.), who plated a pair to lifter her team to a 3-2 edge. Head Coach Jamie Smyth ’92 then made a pitching change, bringing in sophomore Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine), but the swap did not change the course of the contest, as Ladina and Denman quickly moved up to second and third on a wild pitch and both scored on a Flint single to account for the 5-2 final.

Murphy was the lone repeat hitter in the loss for the Monks, as the sophomore receiver went 2-3 with an RBI in the setback. Hendrix took the loss after yielding five runs off eight hits and a pair of walks with four K’s over 6.1 innings.

Flint picked up the win for the Bishops after giving up two runs (one earned) off five hits with a strikeout in a complete-game effort. The junior also went 2-3 with a run, a double and a pair of RBI in the victory.

Saint Joseph’s is off tomorrow and returns to action Wednesday with games versus Wooster (1:00 PM) and Geneva (3:00 PM).
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:08 am

3/12/15 – Jordan Chosen as ECAC New England Player of the Week

STANDISH, Maine –Saint Joseph’s College senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) has been selected as the ECAC DIII New England Softball Player of the Week. Jordan was also selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week on Monday.

Jordan hit .625 (5-8) with four runs, a double, a triple and two RBI in wins over Dominican and Wisconsin-Lutheran in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday afternoon. She posted a .668 OBP and an even 1.000 slugging percentage in the Opening Day victories.

Through eight games for the 7-1 Monks, Jordan is hitting .448 (13-29) with 13 runs, three doubles, three triples and five RBI with a .759 slugging percentage and a .515 OBP. She leads the team in runs, triples and total bases and has made just one error in 26 total chances for a .962 fielding percentage at the hot corner.

A four-year starter, Jordan owns a .294 (113-384) career batting average with 99 runs, 25 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs, 45 RBI and 24 stolen bases during her career.
She is just the second player in the last 11 seasons to earn ECAC weekly honors, as she joins former teammate Connie Grovo ’14 on the short list. Grovo collected the same award on April 1st, 2013.

Saint Joseph’s closes out the 2015 Spring Trip with games versus Nazareth (9:00 AM) and Curry College (11:00 AM) tomorrow morning.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:34 am

3/13/15 – Softball Splits on Trip’s Final Day, Heads North with 8-2 Record

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Saint Joseph’s College (8-2) closed out the 2015 Spring Break trip with a 4-3 loss at the hands of Nazareth College (6-4) and a 10-7 triumph over Curry College (3-5) in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic on Friday.

Nazareth 4, Saint Joseph’s 3 - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/sb09.htm
Both teams scored single runs in the first inning and Saint Joseph’s managed to grab a 2-1 edge with a run in the top of the fifth, but Nazareth plated three runs off four hits and a Monks miscue in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 4-2 advantage.

Saint Joseph’s threatened in the top of the seventh with the help of three hits and a pair of Nazareth errors, as sophomore center fielder Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) led off with a walk and later scored on a Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) single to cut the deficit to one run.

Unfortunately, the Monks’ rally would stall as Nazareth hurler Nicole White (Cazenovia, N.Y.) received some help on a nice pick-off at third base for the first out, a play that likely preserved the victory for the Golden Flyers, as sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) and senior left fielder Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) followed with a single and a double, respectively, to put runners on second and third with one down. White then settled in for the final outs, including a strikeout to end the game.
For the Monks, Mayhew was 3-4 with a pair of RBI, Hendrix went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI, sophomore shortstop Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) was 3-3, and Murphy added a pair of singles in four at bats.

In the circle, junior Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) took the loss after allowing three runs off four hits with a strikeout in two innings of relief. Senior Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine) did not factor into the decision after yielding a run off four hits with a pair of punch-outs over four frames.

Saint Joseph’s and Nazareth had never met on the diamond prior to this morning’s contest.

Saint Joseph’s 10, Curry 7 - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/cc08.htm
The Monks overcame their biggest deficit of the season in the trip’s final contest, as the Royal Blue trailed 7-0 after Curry plated seven runs off five hits and four SJC errors in the top of the third. Saint Joseph’s responded by scoring four runs off six hits and a Colonels miscue in the bottom of the inning, one off a Hendrix solo homer in the fourth, and five off six hits in the fifth to complete the 10-7 come from behind triumph.

Trailing by seven in the third, the Monks received a leadoff triple from senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine), who scored three batters later when Hendrix reached on a fielder’s choice. Mayhew, who reached on a walk, raced home on an outfield error committed following a Murphy single. Hendrix, who moved to third when second baseman Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) singled, scored on a Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) base hit to make it a 7-3 game and freshman right fielder Shannon Laubauskas (Mexico, Maine) cut the Monks’ deficit down to three when she plated Murphy with a single to right.

Hendrix, who moved from the outfield to the pitcher’s circle in the top of the inning, made it a two-run game with a solo jack, her second tater of the trip, in the fourth.
In the fifth, Gaddy opened with a double to center and was lifted in favor of pinch-runner Alyssa Wade (Peru, Maine), who scored along with senior Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) on a Jordan single to center, a base knock that reset the scoreboard at seven-apiece. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Tripp cleared the bases with a two-bagger to left field, lifting the Monks to a 9-7 lead, and the second-year speedster promptly scored when the following batter, Mayhew, roped a single to center, accounting for the 10-7 final.

Eight different Saint Joseph’s players tallied at least one hit, with five posting multiple-hit performances, in the thrilling victory. Jordan registered her fourth triple of the season and was 2-5 with two runs and a pair of RBI, Tripp went 2-4 with a run, a double and two RBI, and Gaddy was 2-2 with a double in the triumph. Murphy and Laubauskas both went 2-3 versus the Colonels and Hendrix was 1-3 with two runs, a homer and two RBI in the trip’s final game.

Hendrix collected her first pitching win of the season after allowing three hits and a walk with three K’s over four innings of work. Sophomore starter Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine) did not factor into the decision after giving up seven runs (four earned) off six hits and a pair of free passes while fanning four in three frames.

With the result, Saint Joseph’s improves to 3-1 all-time versus Curry College and has now defeated the Colonels in three-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2005 season.
Saint Joseph’s has now posted an 8-2 spring trip record in each of the last three seasons, but perhaps none has been more impressive than this year’s performance. The Monks outscored their opponents by a collective 87-43 score with four mercy-rule wins while posting a stellar .381 (114-299) batting average and a .518 slugging percentage during the 10 southern swing contests. With more walks (37) than strikeouts (35), St. Joe’s recorded an outstanding .461 OBP and was also successful on 13 of 14 stolen base attempts while playing in the Sunshine State.

Five regulars head back north hitting .400 or better, a quintet led by Tripp, who is off to a scorching hot start with a .538 (14-26) batting average to go with 12 runs, three doubles and eight RBI in 10 starts. Mayhew has been equally impressive and returns to New England with a .528 (19-36) average along with 10 runs, three doubles and 10 RBI and Hendrix is currently hitting .484 (15-31) with 12 runs, five doubles, two home runs and a team-leading .903 slugging percentage. Murphy batted .429 (9-21) with three runs and a pair of RBI in seven starts and Jordan, the recent GNAC and ECAC Player of the Week, continues to swing a hot bat. She concludes her final spring trip after hitting .405 (15-37) with a team-best 17 runs, three doubles, four triples and seven RBI.

There is plenty to be excited about with the pitching staff as well, as the Monks sent six different starters, and seven hurlers overall, to the circle during the week. The SJC staff posted a collective 3.78 ERA with 44 K’s and 24 walks in 63 innings.

The Monks return to action next Saturday when the team travels to Albertus Magnus College for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM. Saint Joseph’s remains in Connecticut for a twinbill versus GNAC-rival University of Saint Joseph the following afternoon.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:37 am

3/17/15 – Hendrix Chosen as GNAC Softball Player of the Week

STANDISH, Maine – The GNAC weekly awards have been released and Saint Joseph’s College senior outfielder Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) has been selected as the GNAC Softball Player of the Week.

Hendrix hit an even .500 (12-24) with 11 runs, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 11 RBI and five stolen bases in eight contests last week. She posted otherworldly OBP (.586) and SLG% (1.000) marks as well and left Fort Myers riding a seven-game hitting streak, a stretch that includes four multiple-hit performances.

Through 10 games for the 8-2 Monks, Hendrix is batting .484 (15-31) with 12 runs, five doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases. The senior standout ranks as the conference leader in doubles, homers, RBI, total bases (28) and slugging percentage (.903) and is currently second in the league in runs, hits and walks and third in steals and OBP (.568).

The GNAC Player of the Week award is a career first for the three-time All-Conference and GNAC All-Tournament honoree, who also collected Rookie of the Week acclaim on four occasions during the 2012 campaign.

A three-sport athlete at Saint Joseph’s, Hendrix collected GNAC Field Hockey Player of the Week mention on September 29th, 2014.

Saint Joseph’s is scheduled to begin conference play with a pair of games at Albertus Magnus College on Saturday. First pitch for the opener is slated for 2:30 PM.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:49 am

3/23/15 – Hendrix & Jordan Tabbed as GNAC Pitcher, Player of the Week

STANDISH, Maine – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) weekly awards have been released and a pair of Saint Joseph’s College softball players have earned mention.
Senior Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) has been selected as the GNAC Pitcher of the Week and senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) is the GNAC Player of the Week.

Hendrix allowed one run off four hits with eight strikeouts in a complete-game victory over Albertus Magnus College on Saturday afternoon. The senior two-way player currently leads the SJC staff in ERA (2.42), strikeouts (15) and opponents’ batting average (.224) and is second in innings (17.1). Also an outstanding hitter, Hendrix heads into the third week of the season hitting .444 (16-36) with 13 runs, five doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI and five stolen bases.

Jordan went 6-7 with a run, a double, a triple and a home run in the doubleheader split at Albertus Magnus College on Saturday. She is currently hitting .477 (21-44) with four doubles, five triples, a homer, eight RBI and two stolen bases. Jordan is the team leader in batting, runs and triples and sports a .950 fielding percentage with just two errors in 40 chances through 12 contests this spring.

The GNAC weekly honor is the second for both players this season, as Hendrix was selected as the GNAC Player of the Week on March 16th and Jordan earned the same honor on March 9th.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:51 am

4/3/15 – Saint Joseph’s Sweeps Norwich, 1-0 & 7-1

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (12-4, 4-2 GNAC) won both ends of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader versus Norwich University (3-11, 1-5 GNAC) at Richard W. Bailey Field on Friday afternoon. The Monks edged the Cadets, 1-0, in the opener and completed the sweep with a 7-1 nightcap triumph.

Due to the condition of the Cadets’ home field, Norwich opted to play today’s twinbill at Bailey Field and played as the home team for both contests.

GAME ONE - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/nor1.htm
As the 1-0 score surely indicates, the opening contest featured very little in the way of offense, as the conference counterparts combined for 11 total hits (10 singles) in what turned out to be a pitchers’ duel.

The Monks recorded the only offense they would require in the top of the third, when senior right fielder Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) led off with an infield single, moved to second on a Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) groundout, scampered to third on a passed ball and scored on second passed ball.

Saint Joseph’s held on to the 1-0 lead for the duration, but the game was not without drama. The first tenuous situation occurred in the bottom of the fifth, when senior starter Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine) worked her way out of a bases-loaded with two out scenario by inducing a harmless groundout. Senior Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus), beckoned from her left field post to close out the contest after Jordan Day (Andover, Mass.) opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, found herself in trouble with runners on first and third and one out. Hendrix got some help from sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.), who picked off Day at third on a first and third steal play and induced a game-ending groundout to second base to collect her first save of the season.

For the Monks, Jordan improved to 3-1 on the year after scattering six hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

Norwich left fielder Justina George (Wallingford, Conn.) went 2-3 and was the only repeat-hitter for either team in the opener. Starting pitcher Taylor Morris (Haverhill, Mass.) suffered the hard-luck loss after giving up an unearned run off five hits and two walks with two K’s over seven frames.

GAME TWO - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/nor2.htm
In the nightcap, Saint Joseph’s scored twice in the first inning and succeeded in not relinquishing the lead for the remainder of play. With two out and runners on first and third, Murphy plated both with a single to center. Tripp and Hendrix, who both reached via base on balls, scored on the base hit.

The Cadets cut their deficit in half with a run off two hits in the fourth, when Sarah Perry (New Bedford, Mass.) led off with a double and later scored on a sac fly off the bat of Angie Hershberger (Felton, Calif.).

The Monks proceeded to put the game well out of reach with five runs in the sixth and seventh innings combined. In the sixth, junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) reached on an infield error and Hendrix singled to set the stage for Murphy, who belted a two-run double to lift the Royal Blue to a 4-1 advantage. In the seventh, Mayhew singled up the middle and later scored on a Murphy base hit, Hendrix reached on a base knock and tapped home plate when freshman second baseman Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) grounded out to first, and junior right fielder Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) capped the game scoring with an RBI single, sending Murphy home for the 7-1 final.
For the Monks, Murphy was 3-4 with a run, a double and a career-high five RBI and Hendrix was 3-3 with three runs scored. Junior pitcher Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) improved to 3-0 after allowing a run off five hits and a walk with a pair of K’s in a complete game effort.

For the Cadets, Morris went 2-3 with a double and staring pitcher Corinne Baita (Rochester, N.H.) suffered the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) off eight hits and five walks with five K’s over seven frames.

With the sweep, Saint Joseph’s improves to 16-4 in the history of the series with Norwich University, a team the Monks have now defeated in five-consecutive meetings.
Saint Joseph’s is off until Monday when the Monks play host to GNAC-rival Lasell College in a doubleheader set to begin at 3:00 PM. Norwich hosts Emmanuel College on Wednesday in a conference twinbill slated to start at 3:00 PM.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:52 am

4/6/15 – Saint Joseph’s Sweeps Lasell, 6-3 & 11-5

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (14-4, 6-2 GNAC) rallied from early deficits with wins in both ends of a GNAC softball doubleheader versus Lasell College (5-13, 2-6 GNAC) at Richard W. Bailey Field on Monday afternoon. The Monks defeated the Lasers by a 6-3 margin in the opener and completed the sweep with an 11-5 nightcap triumph.

GAME ONE - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/las1.htm
Lasell grabbed the first lead of the day with three runs off four hits and a Saint Joseph’s error in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, senior Michaela Grady (Worcester, Mass.) plated a pair with a single to right field. Freshman Ashley Gatchell (Franklin, Mass.), who reached on a single up the middle, advanced to third on Grady’s base hit and raced home on a wild pitch unleashed by SJC sophomore starter Kylie McFadden (Dover, N.H.), making it a 3-0 game.

As it played out, the Lasers did not score again in the opener, as McFadden settled in and allowed just four hits over the following four frames. In the meantime, the Monks scored six unanswered runs, including four off two hits and a pair of Lasell miscues in the fourth, en route to the 6-3 triumph.

In the fourth, junior Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) put the Monks on the board with what would have been a sac fly to center, but the ball was dropped, allowing junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) to score from third. With the bases loaded and two out, senior right fielder Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) sent freshman pinch runner Emilie Duggan (Newfield, Maine) across the plate with an infield single and Pollini and sophomore shortstop Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) also scored when Lasell pitcher Eileen Bergin (Arlington, Mass.) made an error during the play.

Leading 4-3, senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) led off the bottom of the fifth with a no-doubt home run over the left field fence and Harrison plated Pollini, who reached with a double to right, with a sac fly to right, accounting for the 6-3 final.
McFadden improved to 4-0 on the season after yielding three runs off eight hits and three walks with five K’s over six innings and senior Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) collected her second save of the year after fanning a pair in a perfect inning of relief. With just four hits, the Monks did not feature a repeat-hitter in the opener.

For the Lasers, second baseman Erin Smith (Gorham, Maine) and designated player Mickayla Cobb (Middleboro, Mass.) both went 2-3 with a run scored in the losing effort. Bergin falls to 3-7 after giving up six runs (two earned) off four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six frames.

GAME TWO - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/las2.htm
The closing contest was eerily similar to the first in the early going, as Lasell posted three runs in the first and added another in the second to claim a 4-1 advantage. The similarities continued, as plated seven unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings combined to earn their second come-from-behind victory in as many games.

In the first inning, Gatchell came up with the big hit again, as the freshman right fielder cleared the table with a bases-loaded double to lift her team to an early 3-0 cushion with two out in the opening frame.

St. Joe’s responded with a run in the first, when Jordan opened with a double to left and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Lasers countered with a run of their own in the top of the second, when Smith singled and scored on a Nicole LeBlanc (Easton, Mass.) two bagger, making it a 4-1 contest through two innings.

The Monks continued to put on good at bats and the effort paid off in the fourth, when the hosts tied the game with three runs off four hits and two Lasell errors. Harrison reached on an outfield error to lead off the inning and was removed in favor of sophomore pinch runner Casidee Couture (Jay, Maine), who scored when freshman catcher Alyssah Dennett (Augusta, Maine) roped a double to the base of the left field wall. Ramos, who singled to left, eventually scored on an infield error and Mayhew plated Dennett with a single through the left side to tie the game at 4-4.

The Lasers regained the lead, albeit momentarily, in the fifth when LeBlanc singled to right and later scored on a Laura MacLeod (Old Saybrook, Conn.) sac fly.

Saint Joseph’s secured the lead for good with two runs off three hits in the bottom of the fifth. Pollini led off the inning with a single to left-center, promptly moved to third when the following batter, Harrison, lifted a double to left field, and scored on an Alyssa Wade (Peru, Maine) single. Harrison crossed home plate when Jordan drove a deep sac fly to center, making it a 6-5 game through five frames.

The Monks blew the doors off with five runs off five hits in their next turn at the bat. Hendrix led off the inning with a walk and trotted home when sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) belted her first career home run, an opposite field shot over the left field wall. Pollini singled and scored on a passed ball and Harrison doubled and crossed the plate on a Wade base hit, extending the Monks’ cushion to 10-5. Freshman Allie Pike (Buxton, Maine) followed with her first collegiate hit – a single to third - and was replaced on the bases by Ramos, who eventually scored the game’s final run on a Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) sac fly.

For the Monks, Harrison went 2-4 with two runs and a pair of doubles, Pollini was 2-4 with two runs, Ramos scored twice, Wade was 2-2 with two RBI, and Mayhew went 2-5 with an RBI. Sophomore starting pitcher Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine) improved to 2-1 on the year after giving up five runs on 11 hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

For the Lasers, LeBlanc went 3-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI, Emily DeAngelis (Shelton, Conn.) added three hits and a run in four at bats, and Gatchell was 2-4 with a double and three RBI in the losing effort. Starting pitcher Magdalene Trainor did not factor into the decision after allowing four runs (two earned) off seven hits and four walks in four innings. Freshman hurler Andrea Kane (Burlington, Mass.) took the loss and surrendered seven runs (six earned) off eight hits and two walks in two innings of work.
With the sweep, Saint Joseph’s improves to 16-4 all-time versus Lasell College and has now defeated the Lasers in 15 consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008 campaign.
Both teams are scheduled to return to action tomorrow afternoon, when Saint Joseph’s hosts GNAC-rival Simmons College in a doubleheader slated to begin at 4:30 PM and Lasell hosts Bridgewater State University in a non-conference twinbill set to start at 3:00 PM.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:50 am

4/7/15 – Monks & Sharks Split GNAC Twinbill

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (15-5, 7-3 GNAC) and Simmons College (10-9, 7-3 GNAC) split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheader at Richard W. Bailey Field on Tuesday evening. The Sharks captured a 5-1 victory in the opener and the Monks salvaged the split with a 2-0 nightcap triumph.

GAME ONE - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/sim1.htm
The first game, and rematch of the 2014 GNAC Championship, began as a pitcher’s duel, as Saint Joseph’s senior Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine) and Simmons senior Lauren Backhaus (Windsor, Conn.) locked heads for three scoreless frames before the Sharks plated a pair off three hits and an SJC error in the top of the fourth, claiming a lead they would not relinquish in the process.

Senior Hannah Cunningham (Cotuit, Mass.) and junior Mikaela Caracciolo (North Attleboro, Mass.) opened the fourth with consecutive singles and the former scored on an infield error and the latter sprinted home on a Backhaus double, lifting the visitors to a 2-0 edge through three and a half innings.

The Sharks tacked on three insurance runs off four hits and a St. Joe’s error in their next turn at the bat. Freshman first baseman Juliet Nelson (Cumberland, R.I.) led off with a double and senior left fielder Jen Field (Windham, Maine/McAuley) roped a two-bagger to left to put runners on second and third for Cunningham, who followed with the visitors’ third double of the inning, plating both runners, and later scored on a two-out single off the bat of Backhaus.

Saint Joseph’s finally found the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, scoring a run off three hits, as sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) worked a one-out walk and was lifted for pinch runner Emilie Duggan (Newfield, Maine), who eventually scored on a Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) double to deep center, accounting for the 5-1 final.

For the Monks, Mayhew was 2-3 and senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) went 2-4 with a double. Laura Jordan falls to 2-2 after giving up five runs (four earned) off nine hits and a walk with three K’s in seven innings.

For the Sharks, Cunningham went 3-4 with two runs, a double and two RBI, Backhaus was 2-4 with a two-bagger and a pair of RBI, and Nelson added a run and a pair of hits, including a double, in three at bats. Backhaus improves to 7-2 in the circle after yielding one run off eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

GAME TWO - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/sim2.htm

With the help of an outstanding effort from junior starting pitcher Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.), the Monks managed to salvage a split with the Sharks. Boulanger posted perhaps her finest collegiate outing, fanning five while scattering six hits – all singles – in a complete game shutout performance.

As it played out, Saint Joseph’s produced the only scoring required in the third, when the hosts pushed across a run off three hits. With one out, senior right fielder Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) singled up the middle and raced home three batters later when Mayhew lobbed a single to right.

The Monks doubled their lead in the fourth when junior left fielder Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) singled, stole second and scored on a Shannon Laubauskas (Mexico, Maine) double to center.

The Sharks threatened with two out in the top of the seventh, as Field and Cunningham produced back-to-back singles, but Boulanger brought an end to the potential rally by fanning Caracciolo to end the game.

Pollini led the Monks’ offensively by going 2-3 with a run and a stolen base and Mayhew was 2-3 with an RBI in the victory. Boulanger improved to 4-0 with the shutout performance.

Nelson took the loss in the circle for Simmons after allowing two runs off eight hits while striking out three in six innings.

With the split, Saint Joseph’s is now 18-4 all-time versus Simmons College. Prior to the opening loss, the Monks had defeated the Sharks in six-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2012 season. Saint Joseph’s will host GNAC-rival Rivier University in a doubleheader set to start at 3:00 PM on Thursday. Simmons hosts Lasell College on Friday in a conference twinbill slated to begin at 3:00 PM.
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Re: Softball 2015: St. Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:58 am

4/11/15 – Monks Take Two from Saints, 3-2 & 2-1
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (17-5, 9-3 GNAC) swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball twinbill versus Emmanuel College (12-10, 7-5 GNAC) at Richard W. Bailey Field on Saturday afternoon. The Monks posted a 3-2 walk-off win in the opener and completed the sweep with a 2-1 nightcap victory.

GAME ONE - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/emm1.htm
In the opener, Emmanuel jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run off two hits in the first inning, as junior shortstop Catherine Davis (Wethersfield, Conn.) led off with a sharp single to left and scored two batters later when sophomore designated player Samantha Adams (Sanford, Maine) doubled to left-center.
Saint Joseph’s responded in kind in the bottom of the second, tying the game when sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) walked and sprinted home on a Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) two-base hit to left.
Saints sophomore pitcher Jill Kilcoyne (Worcester, Mass.) found herself in a jam when she walked the bases loaded with two out in the third, but managed to escape unscathed by inducing a pop out off the bat of junior outfielder Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.).
The Monks claimed their first lead of the day with a run in the fourth, when Harrison walked and eventually scored on a Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) roped a single to left, lifting the hosts to a 2-1 edge.
The slim advantage looked to be the final score as senior starting pitcher Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) sat the first two batters she faced in the top of the seventh, but Davis stepped to the plate and tied the game with one swing, launching a 3-1 offering over the left field wall.
Unable to generate much offense off Kilcoyne for the first six frames, the Monks put together an impressive effort to win the opener in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh. The first two batters reached, as Jordan led off with a double to the base of the left field wall and sophomore center fielder Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch and junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) walked to load the bases with zero outs. Kilcoyne settled in, forcing a foul pop off the bat of Hendrix and inducing a fielder’s choice groundout by Murphy to set the stage for Pollini, who lined a single to left, plating Tripp for the winning run.
Jordan registered half of the Monks’ four hits with a double and an RBI and Hendrix improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing two runs off five hits and three walks with three punch-outs in a complete-game effort. Saint Joseph’s stranded 10 runners in the victory.
Davis went 3-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI off the solo shot while Kilcoyne yielded three runs off four hits and eight walks with three K’s in 6.2 innings.

GAME TWO - http://gomonks.com/sports/sball/2014-15/files/emm2.htm
The closing contest developed into a pitchers’ duel between SJC junior Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) and Emmanuel sophomore Samantha Adams, as the conference counterparts combined to record just 13 hits with neither finding the scoreboard until the Monks plated a pair in the bottom of the fourth.
Hendrix ignited the two-run fourth with a lead-off double to deep right-center, as the senior standout swiped third and scored on a Pollini sacrifice fly to center. Freshman second baseman Kelsy Gaddy (Limington, Maine) followed with a two-bagger to left-center and traded places with Harrison, who roped a two-base hit to the base of the left-center wall, to make it a 2-0 game heading into the fifth frame.
Cruising along, Boulanger seemed to run out of gas in the sixth. Junior second baseman Kerrianne Vulpis (East Rockaway, N.Y.) led off with a double to center and scored when the following batter, freshman Abbey Alexiades (Kingston, Mass.) singled to center. Adams followed and reached on an infield error and sophomore Susie Kieselback (Wethersfield, Conn.) ripped a single to left, loading the bases with nobody out. Co-Head Coach Jamie Smyth ’92 trotted out to the circle and removed Boulanger in favor of sophomore Danielle Egan (Waterboro, Maine), who wiggled her way out of the jam with a 3-2-3 double play and a groundout to third base.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, sophomore Erin Walsh (Granby, Conn.) led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Marianne Halas (Lynn, Mass.) sac bunt, but would advance no further as Egan fanned Davis and induced a groundout off the bat of Vulpis to close out the contest and the sweep.
Boulanger, who allowed one run off six hits with no walks and a trio of K’s, improved to 5-0 with the winning decision while Egan collected her third save of the year after giving up one hit with one strikeout in two solid innings of relief.
For the Saints, Kieselback went 2-3 with a stolen base and was the only repeat-hitter in the closing contest. Adams, who yielded two runs off six hits and a walk over six frames, falls to 3-6 on the season with the loss.
With the sweep, Saint Joseph’s improves to 18-0 in the history of the series with Emmanuel College.
Both teams return to conference play tomorrow, when Saint Joseph’s hosts Mount Ida College in a twinbill that begins at 11:00 AM and Emmanuel hosts University of Saint Joseph, with the first game starting at 12:00 PM
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