DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Eastern Connecticut State sophomore pitcher Morgan Bolduk limited #5 UMass Boston softball to just one hit over seven innings, to lead the third-seeded Warriors to a 3-0 win in the winner's bracket of the 2019 Little East Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon.
#3 Eastern Connecticut State University 3, #5 UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 22-19)
(Eastern Connecticut State 27-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore pinch-hitter Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) recorded the Beacons' lone hit in the loss, as UMass Boston saw their eight-game LEC Tournament winning streak come to a close.
With the loss, UMass Boston will take on #1 UMass Dartmouth on Saturday morning at 11:30 p.m in an elimination game. The two teams were supposed to play on Friday at 4 p.m., but the game was pushed back due to heavy rain in the forecast.
The Beacons managed just two base runners against Bolduk, with senior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) breaking up the perfect game bid with a walk with two outs in the fourth.
For the game, Bolduk allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five.
Sophomore Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) suffered her first career LEC Tournament loss in the contest. The Beacons ace allowed four hits, two earned runs and three walks over 3.1 innings.
Freshman Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) scattered four hits, one walk and one earned run over the final 3.2 innings. She also struck out two batters in the loss.
Sara Pisanelli provided all the run support Bolduk needed in the top of the first, as the junior shortstop cleared the fences with a two-out home run.
The Warriors loaded the bases in the top of the third inning, but Greenspan induced a fly out to right to keep the score at 1-0.
Eastern pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fourth. With two on and one out, Bolduk helped herself with an RBI single that plated Sabrina LeMere. Catania came on in relief and retired back-to-back batters, including a strikeout of Pisanelli, to strand two runners on.
LeMere made it 3-0 in the fifth inning, when she singled with two outs to score Laura Zenk.
The Beacons had their best chance to score in the sixth. Washington pinch-hit to lead-off the inning and singled to right-center. She moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on Kelly Danahy's (Kingston, Mass.) sac bunt. Bolduk retired the next two batters to strand the Beacons first runner in scoring position.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bolduk has allowed just two hits, two walks and no runs in 13 innings during the LEC Tournament. Overall, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 11-0.
- The loss marked UMass Boston's first LEC Tournament loss since May 4, 2017, when the Beacons fell 5-2 to #1 Plymouth State University in the Beacons third game of the 2017 LEC Tournament.
- UMass Boston has been held to six hits or less in each of their last six contests.
- The Beacons have not committed an error over 14 innings at the LEC Tournament.
- Eastern Connecticut State (2-0) will meet Plymouth State (2-1) in Saturday's second-game (game #9 of the LEC Tournament).
#5 UMass Boston will look for their fifth-straight win against #1 seeds in the LEC Tournament on Saturday, when they take on the host Corsairs at 11:30 a.m.