- PAXTON, MA: The Anna Maria College softball team split their double-header against visiting Dean College on Wednesday afternoon in Paxton, Massachusetts, winning game one, 8-3, before a late rally fell short in game two, 8-6.
- Date: Sunday, 4/28/2021
- Score: Game 1 - Anna Maria 8, Dean 3 | Game 2 – Dean 8, Anna Maria 6
- Records: Bulldogs of Dean of USJ (2-8, 1-7 GNAC), AMCATS of Anna Maria (4-16, 1-11 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The AMCATS exploded out the gate in the opener, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and never trailing. Freshman catcher Kiara Edmonds (Lynn, MA) plated the first run with a single up the middle, junior first baseman Ashley Garcia (Cornwall, NY) scored from third on a wild pitch, senior shortstop Michelle Cilley (Dracut, MA) drove in a third run on a fielder's choice before freshman designated player Saylor Costa (E. Providence, RI) scored off a double-steal. In the bottom of the second, junior center fielder Shay Savoie (Namao, AB) scored from third on a wild pitch before Edmonds picked up her second RBI of the game off a single to right field. Savoie hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third, putting Anna Maria ahead 7-0. Freshman third baseman Eden Forget (Worcester, MA) plated an insurance run with a double to center in the bottom of the sixth, for the final score of 8-3.
- Game two saw the AMCATS trailing 4-0 before Forget got the home team on the board with an RBI single up the middle. Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth, sophomore second baseman Kendall McNamee (Somers, CT) came to the plate with the bases loaded and plated a run off a fielder's choice, allowing senior left fielder Hailey Shaw (Salem, NH). The very next at bat, senior designated player Sabrina Liston (Rehoboth, MA) singled to right to plate Savoie. Later in the inning, sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Snyder (Cromwell, CT) singled to center to drive in two more runs to get Anna Maria back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Shaw scored off a throwing error, getting the AMCATS to within two. But they were unable to close the gap, ultimately falling 8-6.
- Liston picked up the win in game one, striking out nine and allowing no earned runs in seven innings.
- Snyder pitched three-and-a-third shutout innings in relief in game two, striking out four Bulldogs.
- Forget had five hits on the day, while Savoie and Shaw each finished with four.
- Anna Maria returns to action on Friday when they head to Albertus Magnus for a 3:00 p.m. double-header.