Plimpton Throws Perfect Game as Saints Sweep
March 12: First-year student Kyle Plimpton threw a perfect game to lead the St. Lawrence University softball team to its fourth straight win with a sweep on the day. The Saints, now 5-1 overall, opened with a 6-4 win over Curry College, and then earned a walk-off 1-0 victory in eight innings in the nightcap.
Plimpton's performance is the first perfect game thrown in the Saints softball program history. The Buffalo, NY native now owns the record for strikeouts in a contest as she fanned 20 batters in the eight innings, including 17 consecutively through the first six innings.
"Certainly this is a remarkable feat for any pitcher at any level, but for a first-year pitcher it is truly something special," said St. Lawrence head coach Fran Grembowicz. "We are very proud of Kyle, as well as the team for making the plays in the field. Chelsea (Cavellier) called a great game, and we pulled out the clutch hits when they were most needed to secure the victory."
Heading into the extra inning with the score 0-0, Plimpton continued to shine on the mound with a solid defense behind her. With a Knight runner on second base due to the international tie breaker rule, she forced a pop up on a bunt and a ground out, before striking out the third batter looking to keep the game tied heading into St. Lawrence's half of the inning.
With a runner on third after a bunt single by first-year student Aisha O'Connor, sophomore Leslie Stratton delivered a walk-off single to drive home the winning run that allowed the Saints to celebrate the perfect game.
Junior captain Liz McGinley earned the win against Curry College in the opening game and also led the Saints offensively during the day as she went 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Cavellier was 3-for-6 and scored two runs, while O'Connor was 3-for-7 with an RBI.
Against the Colonels of Curry College, the Saints were first to score as an error by the right fielder with the bases loaded allowed sophomore Leslie Stratton to score. McGinley singled to plate Cavellier and sophomore Becky Allen, but Curry turned a nice relay to throw sophomore Caroline Kieltyka out at home on the play to end the inning with the Saints up 3-0.
After St. Lawrence added to its lead in the fifth on a two RBI single by sophomore Cailyn Welsh, Curry scored for the first time with only one out to cut the score to 5-1. McGinley, however, made two put outs to end the inning.
Sophomore Lauren Weisbarth added to the Saints score with a run in sixth; however, the Colonels opened the bottom of the inning with four consecutive hits that cut their deficit to 6-4. With Plimpton pitching relief, St. Lawrence closed out the last two innings to earn the win in their first game of the day.
The Saints have a day off tomorrow and will return to action on Wednesday against the College of Wooster and Elms College at the Lee County Complex starting at 9:00 am and 11:00 am, respectively.