Western tunes up for big weekend with sweep at Trinity College

Box Score Game One
Box Score Game Two

HARTFORD, CT (Apr. 25) - Ashlie Morris (Wolcott, CT) doubled home three runs in Western Connecticut State University's four-run seventh inning to lift the visiting Colonials to a 7-5 victory in the second game of a double header sweep at Trinity College's Campus Field on Wednesday afternoon.

In the nightcap, Western scattered 11 hits but trailed 5-3 heading into the final inning. Three straight singles by Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, CT), Danielle Basciano (Holmes, NY) and Jessica Caturano (Holbrook, NY) set up a ground-out RBI single by Jackie Zilnicki (riverhead, NY). Magen Dargon (Trumbull, CT) walked to reload the bases with two outs. Morris cleared the bases then ended the inning by stretching the heroic hit into a three bagger.

Trinity slides to 12-16 on the season, breaking a four-game losing streak.

Trinity freshman Miranda Riendeau-Card (Bowdoinham, Maine) continued her power streak, belting her fifth homerun in five games.  That brings her season total to eight in her rookie campaign, tying her for second all-time for the single season mark with Jessica Tait in 2008 and Nicole Nardella in 2010.  The single season record is nine by Lindsey Freeman in 2006.

Trinity jumped on top of the Colonials, 4-0, in the second inning of game two, highlighted by a two-RBI double by junior Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.).  Trinity was in the lead for the remainder of the game, until Western Connecticut was down to their final out.  That’s when Morris delivered with a double to the wall, down the right field line, plating three. 

Western senior Magen Dargon (Trumbull, Conn.) closed the game with her second save of the day, as sophomore Stephanie Moss (Brookfield, Conn.) is credited with the win, also her second of the day.

In the opener, the Colonials first two batters scored, and Western Connecticut never looked back from there.

Trinity trailed 4-2 heading into the seventh inning, and the Colonials scored two runs in the top half of the inning, which proved to be critical runs, as the Bantams scored two in the bottom half of the frame.  Dargon struck out two and put out the fire to close game one.

Trinity sophomore Christina Galese (Fairfield, N.J.) homered and doubled in the game for the Bantams, while senior Danielle Basciano (Holmes, N.Y.) picked up three hits in the leadoff spot for the Colonials in game one.

Western, 23-11 overall, plays host for two very crucial double headers this weekend against UMass Boston and Southern Maine on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. All three teams are battling for a berth into the Little East Conference Tournament, which begins next Thursday at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Western Connecticut 6, Trinity (Conn.) 4 (Apr 25, 2012 at Hartford, Conn.) (Game 1)
Western Connecticut. 200 110 2 - 6 9 2 (22-11)
Trinity (Conn.)..... 001 010 2 - 4 8 2 (12-15)
Pitchers: Western Connecticut - Stephanie Moss; Magen Dargon(6) and . Trinity (Conn.) - L. Gibbons and .
Win-Stephanie Moss(7-6) Save-Magen Dargon(2) Loss-L. Gibbons(5-1) T-1:30 A-25
HR TCSB2012 - C. Galese; C. Prosperi.
Weather: chilly, overcast

Western Connecticut 7, Trinity (Conn.) 5 (Apr 25, 2012 at Hartford, Conn.) (Game 2)
Western Connecticut. 002 001 4 - 7 11 2 (23-11)
Trinity (Conn.)..... 040 001 0 - 5 7 1 (12-16)
Pitchers: Western Connecticut - Stephanie Moss; Magen Dargon(7) and Nina Wojtkiewicz;
Alison Russo. Trinity (Conn.) - K. Poulos and O. Berry.
Win-Stephanie Moss(8-6) Save-Magen Dargon(3) Loss-K. Poulos(4-10) T-1:45 A-30
HR TCSB2012 - M. Riendeau.
Weather: chilly, overcast