CLERMONT, Fla. - With a 9 a.m. start against Rensselaer and an 11 a.m. start against Alvernia, Salve Regin University softball ended its playing early on Monday, suffering a pair of shutout losses, 6-0 and 9-0, respectively.
After a season opening 13-2 win against Houghton College on Saturday, the Seahawks (1-5) have dropped five straight decisions including three shutouts.
Freshman infielder Kara O'Riley (Acton, Mass.) struck a one-out triple in the top of the second inning against Rensselaer, her second triple in less than 15 hours. Senior left fielder Sara Nelson (Bristol, Conn.) bunted to bring O'Riley to the plate, but the Engineers engineered a 3-4-2 double-play to get out of the inning.
Salve Regina had runners on base in every inning and was outhitting RPI until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Freshman pitcher Kelsey Boarman (No. Dighton, Mass.) brought a 0.00 earned run average into her first collegiate start. She had made relief appearances in two previous games totaling 3.1 innings. Boarman was victimized by five errors in the field behind her which led to only have the runs she allowed being earned (three).
Seahawks only trailed by two (2-0) entering the bottom of the fifth inning. Boarman got the first two Engineers on infield ground outs. Jocilyn Rudisill singled to third base and Taylor Ten Eyck singled to right field, advancing Rudisill to third. Taylor Ten Eyck stole second and both runners came home on Morgan Ten Eyck's double to left center.
RPI scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 6-0 lead.
Sophomore Nicole Parry (Quincy, Mass.), struggling with a stomach bug, made the start in the 11 a.m. game with Alvernia College. She last two innings and gave up three runs, two earned, before giving way to classmate Dominique Burnham (Scarborough, Maine). Parry had one of the Seahawks' four hits before leaving the game.
Salve Regina returns to Hancock Park on Tuesday for another pair of games (eight in four days), a 9 a.m. start with WPI and an 11 a.m. start with Juniata.