MANSFIELD, Conn.—Eastern Connecticut pitcher Morgan Bolduk picked up two wins and did not allow an earned run in over nine innings of work, to lead the Warriors past visiting UMass Boston softball in a conference doubleheader.
GM1: Eastern Connecticut State 8, UMass Boston 0 (6 Innings)
GM2: Eastern Connecticut State 9, UMass Boston 5
(UMass Boston 9-17, Little East 1-3)
(ECSU 11-14, Little East 5-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Bolduk was terrific in leading the Warriors past UMass Boston in both contests. She threw a complete-game four hitter in game one, with eight strikeouts and one walk. In game two, she came on in relief and allowed three hits and two unearned runs over 3.1 innings pitched.
Alexis Tyrrell, Sarah Pisanelli and Sabrina LaMere provided more than enough offense in backing Bolduk. The trio finished the day 11-22, with 6 runs scored and 10 runs batted in.
UMass Boston junior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) provided most of the offense for the Beacons. She belted a two-run homer and finished the day with two hits, three RBI and two walks.
Eastern Connecticut State scored runs in four of the final five innings, to secure a mercy-rule victory in game one.
Tyrrell, Pisanelli and LeMere all provided two RBI in the win for the Warriors in the victory.
Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) registered one of the Beacons' four hits, with a double to open the fifth inning. Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.), Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) and Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) each tacked on a single in the loss.
Sophomore Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss after allowing 10 hits and eight runs over 5.1 innings.
The Warriors grabbed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. They tacked on a single run in the bottom of the fourth and made it 4-0 with a run in the fifth. Eastern put the game away with a four-run sixth inning.
UMass Boston had their best chance to score in the top of the fifth inning. Prusmack led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Bolduk got out of the jam by striking out the next two batters.
UMass Boston proved to be much more competitive in the second contest, but another four-run bottom of the sixth inning put the game out of reach.
Vento led the offense by going 2-2, with a run scored, three RBI and a walk. Danahy tacked on three hits in four at-bats, two runs scored and an RBI.
Pawlina was the final Beacon to chip in an RBI, as she and Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) each recorded singles in the loss.
Pisanelli, Bolduk and Kate Devolve all recorded multiple runs scored and RBI in the win.
The Beacons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of he first. Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) reached on an error, moved to third on Danahy's single and scampered home on Vento's sacrifice fly.
Eastern responded with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Tyrrell laced a two-run single to left field to give the Warriors the lead.
UMass Boston answered right back in the third. With two down, Danahy singled to right field and Vento followed with her team-leading third home run of the season.
Eastern tied the game up thanks to a Beacons' error in the bottom of the inning.
The Warriors took the lead for good thanks to two more Beacons' errors in the bottom of the fifth inning.
UMass Boston tried to overcome their mistakes in the sixth. The Beacons put two runners in scoring position with one out and Pawlina followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-4. With runners at the corners and one out, Bolduk induced a popup and a groundout to keep the deficit at one.
Eastern Connecticut State put the game away with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning.
UMass Boston made one last rally in the top of the seventh. Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) reached on an error and came into score on Danahy's two-out RBI single. Vento followed with a walk, but Bolduk ended the game with a flyout.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons finished the day with seven errors, including five in game two.
- Vento's home run gives her 10 long balls for her career. She is only the fourth Beacon to have recorded 10 or more career home runs.
- Eastern Connecticut State earned a sweep of UMass Boston for the second-straight season. The Warriors improved to 43-4 all-time against the Beacons.
- Danahy is hitting .615 (8-13) in conference games.
UMass Boston will hosts the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday for a Little East Conference doubleheader at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.