KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Sophomore righty Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) pitched an eight-hitter and junior catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) hit a two-run home run in the second inning to carry the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 4-3 win over Montclair State University Monday morning at the Fortune Road Softball Complex.
Eastern (3-0) was scheduled to face Westminster College Monday at 2 p.m.
Coming off a two-hit shutout of Gettysburg College in Sunday's season-opener, Bolduk (2-0) fanned six without a walk. Bolduk was touched for two runs on five hits (three of them never leaving the infield) when Montclair (0-1) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, but Bolduk allowed only three hits and a third-inning run that tied the game for the Red Hawks in the third.
Freshman shortstop Julia SanGiovanni's (East Haven) sixth RBI in two games (a two-out single scoring Bolduk, who opened the game with a single) had given Eastern a 1-0 lead in the first, and Hodgdon's two-run blast in theto dead center pushed the Warriors into a 3-2 lead.
Montclair tied the game 3-3 by scoring a run in the third on two singles, an infield error and two sacrifice bunts.
Junior centerfielder Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) was walked to open the sixth against new pitcher Nicole Majewski, and senior infielder Jackie Lewis (Waterford) blooped an opposite-field double down the right field line, sending LeMere to third. With one out, LeMere broke for the plate and Hodgdon's bunt scored her ahead of the throw home to make it 4-3.
Bolduk struck out five of the final seven batters. She ended the fifth with a called strikeout to leave the tying run on second. She followed by fanning the side in the sixth, and needing only nine pitches in the seven, fanning No. 3 hitter Amber Powers looking at a 2-2 pitch to end the game.