NEWBURGH – Junior Bridget Morris worked a 5.0 inning perfect game and recorded the 300th strikeout in her career and Grace MacDonald worked her second no-hitter of the season as the Mount Saint Mary College Softball team earned a Skyline Conference sweep of Sarah Lawrence on Friday, topping the Gryphons 14-0 and 12-0.
Friday’s sweep gets the Mount back to the .500 mark overall at 15-15 while its conference standing improves to 8-4. Sarah Lawrence drops to 2-14 overall and 2-10 against conference rivals.
Game 1: Mount Saint Mary 14 – Sarah Lawrence 0 (F/5)
Morris set the tone early in the opener, striking out the side in order in both the first and second innings.
The Knights got all the scoring they would need in the home half of the first when Samantha Bendig shot a single through the middle to push across Rory Littman with the game’s first run.
The Knights expanded their lead to 5-0 in the second inning, scoring four times on five hits.
Riley Norwood scored the inning’s first run, coming home on an RBI single from Kaeli McAnally.
Olivia Ferara added a run scoring double in the inning with Littman and Jenna Cedeno each pushing in runs with singles in the inning.
The Knights broke the game open in the third inning, pushing across nine runs on nine hits.
Norwood tripled home Laura Dentato to open the scoring in the inning and later came home on a single off the bat of Dana Donnelly.
Littman singled home two more runs for the Knights with Bendig pushing home Littman with a run scoring double.
Norwood made the scored 13-0 with a run scoring single in her second at-bat of the inning with Donnelly delivering Sofia Gannon with a single to close out the scoring in the game.
For The Knights
Morris was dominant in picking up her eighth win of the season, retiring the only 15 batters she faced. Morris struck out 12 batters in the game, moving her career total to 301, while lowering her season earned run average to 3.05.
Nine different Knights recorded a hit in the game, including six players with multiple safeties.
Norwood finished 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.
Littmann posted a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and three driven in.
Bendig was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI.
Gannon went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Donnelly recorded two hits and drove in two runs.
McAnally notched a pair of hits, scored twice and drove in a run.
Ava Rigano doubled and scored a run.
Ferara posted a hit, walked once, scored twice and drove in a run.
Game 2: Mount Saint Mary 12 – Sarah Lawrence 0 (F/5)
Mount Saint Mary put game two away early with nine scores in its first at-bat.
MacDonald supported the big first inning with a two-run single with Ferara adding a two-run base hit to make the score 8-0.
Littman closed out the scoring in the inning with a single that pushed home McAnally.
Mount Saint Mary expanded its lead to 11-0 in the third inning, highlighted by a run scoring single from Rigano that chased home Christina Fiumara.
Mount Saint Mary put its final run of the game on the board in the fourth when Ferara shot a single to right field with two outs, pushing home MacDonald.
For The Knights
MacDonald was also dominant in the circle in game two, not giving up hit and allowing four base runners. She earned her seventh win of the season and worked her second no-hitter of the year after punching out nine batters.
At the plate, MacDonald was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.
Ferara collected two more hits in game two, scoring once and driving in three.
Littman finished up 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI.
Dentato posted a 2-for-2 effort with a run and an RBI.
Donnelly posted two hits, scored once and drove in a run.
McAnally added a 3-for-3 effort for the Knights and scored two runs.