CLERMONT, Florida – The Thomas College softball team opened the 2017 season with two losses as they fell to Oberlin, 13-0, and St. Lawrence, 8-0, on Sunday morning at Hancock Park.
Oberlin 13, Thomas 0
The Yeowomen came out swinging at the top of the first as Emma Downing belted a two-run homerun off Terrier pitcher Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union) to open the scoring at 2-0. Oberlin tacked on two more runs on a single from Tori Poplaski and a fielder's choice from Sandra Kibble.
Oberlin added three runs in the top of the second as a Grace Evans' double scored two runs and a sacrifice fly from Poplaski put their team up 7-0 after two.
Haley Littlefield (Mt. Desert Island, Maine / Mount Desert Island) came into pitch for the Terriers in the third, silencing the Yeomen bats for four straight innings. Thomas looked to put some pressure on in the bottom of the fourth as Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) and Littlefield were on base after back-to-singles. Oberlin pitcher Leandre Glendenning stood tall on the mound pulling off a strike out to get out of the jam.
Oberlin exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh has Glendenning and Poplaski each homered to end the scoring at 13-0.
LeBourveau was given the loss for Thomas, allowing seven runs (six earned) on three hits. Laren went a perfect 3-3 at the plate with three singles.
Glendenning earned the victory on the mound for the Yeowomen in seven innings of work, allowing five hits and striking out eight. Downing finished 3-3 with two RBI while Poplaski went 2-3 and knocked in five runs.
St. Lawrence 8, Thomas 0 – 5 innings
Hitting woes continued for the Terriers into the second game as Saints pitcher Madison Mitchell struck out the side in the first two innings. St. Lawrence scored two runs to open the scoring on a wild pitch from Thomas freshman Kayla Bess (Madison, Maine / Madison) and a solo homerun by Angelina Carney.
As the Terriers offense remained quiet, the Saints added three more runs in the third and fourth inning for an 8-0 lead. The Terriers looked to get going in the top of the fourth as a bunt single from Courtney Veilleux (Sidney, Maine / Messalonskee) and single from Laren up the middle put two runners on. Freshman catcher Chiara Stone (Jensen Beach, Fla. / Jensen Beach) walked to load the bases with two outs. Mitchell came up big for the Saints with a strikeout to end the inning.
Mitchell threw all five innings for the Saints, allowing three hits, no runs, and stuck out 13 for the win. Bess gave the Terriers 3.1 innings, giving up six hits and seven runs (six earned).
The Terriers will return to action on Monday, March 20 as they face Allegheny at 11:30 a.m. and D'Youville at 4:30 p.m.