KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team came from behind to tie the score in both games but its opponent pushed across the winning run in its final at-bat in both as the Warriors lost, 7-6, to Wisconsin Luthern College and 5-4 to SUNY Plattsburgh Monday at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
Eastern (1-3) scored twice in the fourth inning against Wisconsin (2-0) to knot the game at 6-6 but Wisconsin broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth when Maddie Lindemann opened with an opposite-field single to right, moved to third on two ground balls, and rode home on Arianna Sanchez' single to center.
Trailing 4-1 against Plattsburgh (3-2), the Warriors answered with three unearned tying runs in the bottom of the fourth on two infield errors, two walks and a hit-by-pitch before the Cardinals followed in the top of the seventh with the go-ahead unearned run on a one-out fielding error and Jackie Decker's bloop single which fell near the right field line between freshman rightfielder Kat Devolve (Plainfield) and freshman second baseman Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington). Tyrrell chased down the ball and fired a strike to the plate well ahead of the sliding runner, but Jennifer Groat slid headfirst around the tag for what proved to be the winning run.
Against Plattsburgh, freshman righty Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) pitched her second complete game in as many start this year, allowing ten hits without a walk and fanning three – two in the final inning. In a 1-1 game, Bolduk (1-2) was touched for an RBI double and two-run home run by the No. 8-9 hitters in the lineup that snapped a 1-1 tie.
Against Wisconsin, Eastern got strong relief pitching for the second straight day, this time by sophomore righty Haleigh Cardello (Litchfield, NH), who was charged with only the go-ahead run in the sixth over the final 3 2/3 innings. She allowed six hits without a walk or strikeout.
In the two-run fourth inning that pulled Eastern into a 6-6 tie against Wisconsin, Bolduk and Tyrrell each reached safely with hits opening the inning, and came around to score. Tyrell's double to left drove in Bolduk with the first run and chased starter Rebecca Foster, and Devolve singled to center off reliever Abby Mahsem to send in Tyrell with the tying run. The hit was the only one allowed by Mahsem (2-0) over the final four innings, however. She fanned six without a walk en route to her second victory of the day.
Bolduk, Tyrrell and sophomore Crysta Wolski (West Hartford) each had had two hits in Eastern's ten-hit attack against Wisconsin. Wolski followed with two of Eastern's six hits against Plattsburgh.
On Tuesday at Kissimmee, Eastern meets The College of New Jersey at 1:30 p.m. and Ithaca College at 3:45 p.m.