New Haven takes two from softball as Hawks open NE10 play

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College softball team was defeated 4-0 and 8-2 by the University of New Haven as the Hawks opened Northeast-10 Conference play on Sunday afternoon at New Haven Softball Field.

New Haven 4, Saint Anselm 0 | Box

Megan Butts hurled a two-hit shutout for New Haven (11-5, 3-1 NE10) and was backed by a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning, as the Chargers blanked Saint Anselm (2-8, 0-2 NE10) by a 4-0 score in the opener.

Butts took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed just four base runners to improve to 7-1 on the season. The freshman held the Hawks to two hits and one walk while striking out three in the game.

New Haven gave Butts all the run support she needed in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff walk, Sierra Whitlock sent a two-run home run over the right-center field fence to open the scoring. Three batters later, Julie Devlin, who was 2-for-3 in the game, hit a two-run shot to center to make it a four-run first inning for the Chargers.

Sam Hennequin settled down after the four-run first and went the distance for Saint Anselm in the circle, allowing just five hits. The senior matched her career high with 10 strikeouts, including fanning seven batters in a row and getting nine-straight outs via the strikeout in the early stages.

Erin Thompson broke up Butts' no-hit bid with a single to shortstop to start the top of the sixth. Two batters later, Amanda Bickford singled to left to put runners on first and second with one out for the Hawks. However, Butts retired the final two batters in the inning and the final five of the game to complete the shutout.

New Haven 8, Saint Anselm 2 | Box

Ten batters had at least one hit for New Haven in game two, as the Chargers scored in five of their six innings at the plate in an 8-2 victory. Kylie Stonebraker threw a complete game for New Haven, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts to pick up her second win of the season.

Whitlock was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and one RBI, while Devlin and Kristine Liptack were each 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI for New Haven. Maggie Murphy was a bright spot offensively for Saint Anselm, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored.

Like the first game, the Chargers jumped out in front early, scoring twice in the first on a leadoff home run by Catherine Vaughan and a RBI single off the bat of Devlin. With New Haven threatening for more, Morgan Perry used a strikeout and fly ball to right to leave the bases loaded in the first.

After New Haven added unearned runs in the second and fourth, Saint Anselm got on the board in the top of the fifth. Murphy started the frame with a double to left center, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a Shannon McLaughlin double to left center.

The Chargers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, scoring on a RBI single by Liptack and a RBI double by Alexandria Cunkle. New Haven tacked on two more runs in the sixth to stretch its lead to 8-1. In the top of the seventh, Murphy laced a triple to right center to lead off the inning and scored on a throwing error after a fly out.

Saint Anselm is scheduled to head across town to face Southern New Hampshire University for a single game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.

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