By David Spiegel
PURCHASE – The Mount Saint Mary College softball team (10-6, 6-0 Skyline) remained perfect against Skyline Conference competition on Saturday after sweeping Purchase College (3-3, 1-3 Skyline) in a conference doubleheader. The Knights won game one, 10-2, in five innings by eight-run mercy rule, and then completed the perfect day with a 9-2 victory in the finale. Though the doubleheader was played at Purchase, the Knights acted as the home team for both games.
The Knights got on the board first in the morning game when sophomore center fielder Sabrina Gordek hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring senior catcher Stephanie Karcher from third to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Knights added another pair of runs in the third on an error and an RBI single by freshman shortstop Breanna DePasquale to go up, 3-0, after three.
Purchase got back in the game in the fourth, scoring a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks to cut the deficit to one run. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Lomangino relieved sophomore starter Victoria Goldbach with two outs in the inning, quickly forcing a ground out to get out of trouble. The Knights quickly rebounded in their next at bat. With two on, freshman second baseman Shannon Sommer smacked a triple to left center to drive in a pair, and later scored on a passed ball to put the Knights up 6-2.
A two-out rally led to a walkoff finish in the bottom of the fifth. Gordek singled through the left side to keep the inning alive before senior designated player Ashley Peel blasted her fourth home run of the season over the left field fence to push the lead to 8-2. Sommer followed with an infield single, and then sophomore right fielder Brianne Germain reached on an error to keep things going. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and then freshman first baseman Michelle Surdan hit a line drive up the middle to drive in both runners and end the game by mercy rule.
Lomangino earned the victory in relief, tossing 1.1 hitless innings. Goldbach went 3.2 innings for the Knights, allowing two runs on two hits with eight strikeouts. Christine Leo suffered the loss for Purchase, going three innings and allowing three runs (one earned). Nicole Fortuna allowed seven runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings of relief work for the Panthers.
Peel led the Knights from the nine hole, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Sommer also knocked in two and scored two in a 2-for-4 outing that included a triple, while Gordek hit 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.
Mary Adams knocked in a run for the Panthers in a 1-for-1 effort. ToniAnn Licata plated the other run, but went 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Knights got off to a quicker start in game two, picking up three quick runs in the bottom of the first. Surdan grabbed an easy RBI on a ground out to the pitcher that brought in Sommer from third to kick off the scoring in the finale. Soto then doubled to bring in Germain, and then DePasquale knocked in Soto with a single to put the Knights up, 3-0.
Purchase got a run back in the third on a Licata single that scored Adams from second. The Knights made up the difference and added another in the home half of the inning. Soto scored on a wild pitch, and then Gordek came home from third on an RBI single by senior left fielder Nicole Petkevicius, putting the Knights up, 5-1.
The Panthers cut into the Knights’ lead again in the fourth when Leo picked up an RBI single. The Knights rebounded quickly once again with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Soto brought in Sommer on a single, and then DePasquale knocked in Germain with a base hit of her own. Gordek put the Knights up, 8-2, with another single that brought in Soto from third. The Knights scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Germain hit a long fly ball to right that fell just out of the reach of a diving right fielder, allowing the speedy Knight outfielder to hustle around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Senior starter Amanda Barrese picked up her third win of the season in game two, working the complete seven innings and striking out eight batters. Licata shouldered the loss for Purchase, allowing nine runs on 12 hits across six frames.
Soto scored three times and knocked in two more in a 3-for-4 game Saturday afternoon. Sommer finished off a big day with a 3-for-4 effort of her own, scoring twice in the finale. Germain went 1-for-2 with her first home run of the season, as well as three runs scored. DePasquale added two RBI in a 2-for-4 outing.
Leo went 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Panthers in game two. Licata also added an RBI in a 1-for-4 showing. Adams and Briana Leon each went 1-for-3 with a run scored.