WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) reached four times with three singles and a walk and scored three runs and right-handed pitcher Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) gained her third complete-game win in as days in Eastern Connecticut State University's 8-1 softball win over Washington College (Md.) Tuesday morning at Diamonplex.
The Warriors (4-1) were coming off their first loss of the season Monday, 6-0 to Westminster College, but never trailed against the Shorewomen, breaking a 1-1 tie in the fourth and putting the game away in the sixth.
Batting second in the order, Tyrrell also drove in a run, stole two bases and threw out two Washington (2-8) baserunners at first from her position in right field.Tyrrell singled, stole second and scored in the first inning, singled and was caught stealing in the third, walked, stole second and scored in the fifth and legged out a bunt single and drove in a run on a suicide squeeze play and came around to score in Eastern's five-run sixth that broke the game open.
Leading 3-1 in the sixth, the Warriors pushed across five runs by collecting four of their 12 hits off two Shorewomen pitchers. Pinch-hitters Christine Guyette (Mansfield) and Kat Devolve (Plainfield) both reached safely in the inning with a hit and walk, respectively and freshman pinch runner Grace Leone (Brick, NJ) scored in place of Guyette. Bolduk and freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) doubled home runs in the inning.
Bolduk (3-0) pitched a seven-hitter with eight strikeouts, fanning the heart of the Washington lineup (3-4-5 batters) six times. All three of her walks were issued to her pitching counterpart, Maddie Bennett (1-4). Three of the hits she allowed came when the Shorewoman tied the game, 1-1, in the third, with No.3 hitter Rachel DiMarcello plating the run with a two-out bloop single to center. With two runners aboard, Tyrrell threw out cleanup hitter Chrissy Segreat on an apparent go-ahead single to right.
The Warriors went ahead for good, 2-1, with an unearned run in the fourth on infield singles by Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) and Jackie Lewis (Waterford), an infield throwing error, and Megan Hodgdon's (Cheshire) ground ball.