FARMINGDALE – The Mount Saint Mary College Softball team split a Skyline Conference doubleheader at Old Westbury Saturday, blanking the Panthers 8-0 in the opener before falling 5-2 in game two. Bridget Morris earned the game one win in the circle, striking out eight.
Saturday’s split moves Mount Saint Mary to 12-14 overall and 5-3 in conference play, while Old Westbury sees its standing move to 7-11 overall and 5-3 against conference rivals.
Game 1: Mount Saint Mary 8 – Old Westbury 0
The Knights broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third with their first two runs of the contest.
Kaeli McAnally led off the frame with a single and after moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, scored the game’s first run on an error.
Grace MacDonald later singled home Olivia Ferara to give the Mount a 2-0 advantage.
The Mount tacked on two more runs in the fourth to open a 4-0 advantage.
Alicia Killeen laced a one-out double and moved to third on another McAnally base hit.
With runners on the corners, McAnally and Killeen executed a double to steal to get in front 3-0.
McAnally scored the second run of the inning with one out in the frame.
Mount Saint Mary broke the game open with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Jenna Cedeno crossed on an error before Ferara was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Laura Dentata.
McAnally closed out the scoring in the inning when she scampered home on a wild pitch.
The Knights closed out the scoring in the game when Ferara singled home Sofia Gannon with two outs in the seventh inning.
For The Knights
Morris moved to 7-6 on the season after spinning a two-hit shutout for the Knights. Morris punched out eight Panthers and allowed just two walks in the victory.
MacDonald closed the win 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Killeen doubled and scored a run.
Gannon tripled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Ferara went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
McAnally finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Game 2: Old Westbury 5 – Mount Saint Mary 2
After Old Westbury scored in the home half of the first, the Knights responded with two tallies in the top of the third to open a 2-1 lead.
Cedeno tied the score with a sacrifice fly that drove in McAnally, ahead of a Dentato single that pushed across Samantha Bendig.
The Panthers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to move back in front 3-2.
Shannon Myles evened the score with a run scoring single before Hillary Bennet delivered the go ahead run with a groundout.
Old Westbury tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the scoring in the game.
Tylyn Lasane crossed on a fielder’s choice to make the score 4-2 with Jenna Gaspa pushing home a run with a groundout.
The Knights were retired in order in their final two at-bats to close out the game.
For The Knights
Dentato finished game two 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Bendig posted a hit and scored a run.
McAnally scored a run.
Dana Donnelly ripped a double.
MacDonald, who had a hit at the plate, suffered the loss after working 2.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks.