Softball Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Saint Anselm

Junior Michelle Carbone threw a one-hitter while delivering a clutch two-out, two-RBI single in the third inning.

Junior Michelle Carbone posts a one-hit shutout, records two RBI

EASTON, Mass. (March 31, 2016) – Junior Michelle Carbone (Deer Park, New York/St. Anthony's) registered a one-hit shutout while recording a team high two RBI as Stonehill College cruised to a 3-0 victory against Saint Anselm College this afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division softball action at Gartland Field.

Carbone only allowed three baserunners over the complete game effort, improving to 3-1 this season with the win. The junior also lowered her ERA to a miniscule 1.15 over 24.1 innings pitched.

Senior Alison Sumski (Amherst, New Hampshire/Souhegan) finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while junior Jacklyn Oleksak (Massapequa, New York/Plainedge) posted the only other Stonehill hit and RBI.

Freshman Arika Brochu (Augusta, Maine / Cony) dropped to 4-6 with the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits over a complete game performance in the circle.

Freshman Karoline Leavitt (Atkinson, New Hampshire/Central Catholic) registered the only hit for Saint Anselm on the afternoon, as sophomore Amanda Bickford (Salem, New Hampshire/Salem) and freshman Leiandra Wilson (Pawtucket, Rhode Island/William E. Tolman) were the only other baserunners for the Hawks, both getting on base via walks.

Stonehill jumped out to an early lead this afternoon, as Sumski doubled over the right fielders head and was driven in when Oleksak hit a two-out single to give the Skyhawks a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Stonehill would add two more runs to its tally in the third when senior Emily Padilla (Wappingers Falls, New York/Roy C. Ketcham) started the inning off with a walk. Classmate Lauren Esposito (Middlefield, Connecticut/Coginchaug) followed by getting on base with the help of from an error by the pitcher and senior Megan Staudle (New Windsor, New York/Cornwall Central) then hit into a fielder's choice. After junior Lianna Jordan (Staten Island, New York/St. Joseph By the Sea) moved both runners over on a groundout, Carbone delivered a clutch two-out, two RBI single to plate both Esposito and Staudle and give the Skyhawks a 3-0 lead.

Carbone was lights out from there, not allowing a baserunner the rest of the way and putting down Saint Anselm in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh inning.           

Stonehill (11-11, 7-3 NE-10) returns home Saturday to host Southern Connecticut State University in a conference doubleheader at Gartland Field. Saint Anselm (7-13, 3-5 NE-10) will be in action on Saturday as well as they travel to Adelphi University for a doubleheader starting at noon.

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