Western bats come to life to salvage split with Worcester State
DANBURY, CT (Apr. 19) — After scoring a single unearned run to fall 4-1 in the opener, the Western Connecticut State University softball team earned a split with Worcester State by putting together a five-run fifth inning to take the night-cap 8-2 on Thursday evening at Westside Field.
In game one, senior Magen Dargon (Trumbull, CT) got all three Worcester State batters to strike out swinging in the top of the first, but the Western bats did no damage In the bottom of the first.
Each team scratched out a single run in their half of the second inning for a 1-1 tie after two.
For the next four innings pitching dominated, but twice when Western advanced a runner to third, it failed to capitalize and the score remained deadlocked at 1-1.
In the top of the seventh, freshman Katie Roy (Worcester, MA) and senior Jaime Jacobs (Billerica, MA) led off with back to back singles, and a walk to senior Lauren Besozzi (Milford, MA) loaded the bases with no outs. After an infield ground-ball failed to score a run, sophomore Carolyn Hassett (Charlton, MA) delivered the game-winning run with a single up the middle, giving Worcester State a 2-1 lead. After Dargon recorded another strikeout, Westfield State junior Aimee Lamoureux (East Brookfield, MA) hit a single that scored two runs to push the margin to 4-1, and when Western hit three straight pup-ups for outs in the bottom of the seventh, Worcester State took the victory by that 4-1 score.
In game two, Lamoureux scored in the top of the first to give Worcester State an early 1-0 lead, but freshman Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT) led off the bottom of the first for Western with a walk, stole second, and scored on an RBI triple by senior Jackie Zilnicki (Riverhead, NY) to even the score at 1-1 after one.
After a quiet second inning, Western took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the third when a homer by senior Danielle Basciano (Holmes, NY) knocked in freshman Amanda Rizzo (North Haven, CT) who had previously singled and stolen second base. After three innings, the Colonials led 3-1.
Worcester State got one run back in the top of the fourth, but Western put the game out of reach with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Corinna Hussey (Naugatuck, CT) led off with a single, stole second, and moved to third on a Wojtkiewicz bunt. Rizzo then delivered Hussey from third, and when the next three batters all singled, the Colonial bats finally showed some life. A strikeout followed by an RBI single off the bat of freshman Danielle Locke (Staten Island, NY) pushed the Western lead to 8-2.
Western’s starting pitcher, sophomore Stephanie Moss (Brookfield, CT) set down the final six Worcester State batters in order for a complete-game victory, giving the Colonials an 8-2 win and a split for the day.
With the split, Western now stands at 19-11 on the season, while Worcester State moves to 14-14. The Colonials return to action on Saturday, April 21, when they host Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth for an afternoon double-header at Westside Field. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1:00pm.