The College of St. Joseph Softball team split their four-game series with the NHTI Lynx over the past weekend. They now have an overall record of 7-15 and a Yankee Small College Conference record of 7-5. The Lady Saints have been playing their best ball of the season as of late, winning six out of their last eight games played. They currently rank second in the YSCC, behind only Southern Maine Community College. Here is a look at their four games played against conference rival NHTI over the weekend.
The Lady Saints came up just short in their first of two games against the NHTI Lynx on Friday. They put together three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but needed one more as they fell to NHTI 5-4. Jenna Crowley pitched well for CSJ, accumulating seven strikeouts over seven innings of work. She did struggle at times with her accuracy, giving up four walks and a home run. Jacqueline Rossi led the team with two RBI and Shelby Fenton had a team-high three hits.
The Lady Saints put forth one of their best offensive performances of the season in game two, going on to beat the Lynx in a rout, 15-7. They had 16 hits as a team, as eight different players in the lineup tallied at least one hit. Rossi had another stellar game for CSJ, scoring four runs on three hits and two walks. She also had a staggering five stolen bases, which makes her a lock for first in the nation in stolen bases at an impressive 36 on the season. Sierra Jaeger had six RBI to lead all players.
CSJ had their worst loss of the weekend in game one on Saturday, falling to the Lynx 7-2. Although they had eight total hits, the Lady Saints were not able to score with runners on base and it cost them the game. They left 10 players on base throughout the contest, struggling to come up with the timely hits they needed.
The Lady Saints made up for game one with a huge extra inning victory over NHTI in the second game of their doubleheader. The game was won with a walkoff single hit by Jenna Crowley in the bottom of the tenth inning to put CSJ ahead 6-5. Crowley pitched all ten innings and had seven strikeouts. She was undoubtedly the player of the game, as she also tallied a team-high three hits.
CSJ will face the NHTI Lynx in the YSCC semifinal round hosted by NHTI on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in Concord, N.H.