WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Olivia Johnson and Hannah Sprague stopped Eastern Connecticut State University on five hits and Thomas More University put up runs in four consecutive innings to post a 7-2 verdict over the Warriors Tuesday afternoon at Diamondplex.
Coming off an 8-1 over Washington College (Md.) Tuesday morning, Eastern (4-2) managed multiple hits in only one inning. Morgan Bolduk's (Vernon) leadoff home run in the top of the third tied the game before the Saints (2-3) answered with two in the bottom of the inning on Andrea Gahan's two-run home run to take the lead for good. Thomas More tacked on another on Mary Beth Odom's leadoff homer to center in the fourth and two unearned runs in the fifth.
A double steal scored freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) for the first run of the game in the second inning. Matyasovsky had opened with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Jackie Lewis (Waterford) and advanced to third on freshman Laura Zenk's (Harmon, ME) single. The Saints went ahead, 2-1, on an opening error and two hits before Bolduk's drive tied the game.
Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) had two of Eastern's hits but was the Warriors' only multiple hitter.
Thursday at Winter Haven, Eastern plays Wheaton College (MA) at 10 a.m. and University of New England at 12:15 p.m.
With six games down and four to go in Florida, Eastern is batting .285 as a team, with four players at .375 or higher: Tyrrell .474, freshman Julia SanGiovanni (East Haven) .467, Lewis (.444) and Christine Guyette (Mansfield) (.375). SanGiovanni has reached safely in all six games and Matyasovsky in the last four... Bolduk ended an opening 1-of-14 slump with hits in both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader...Tyrrell has three multi-hit games... Bolduk has batted leadoff in five games, followed by Tyrrell at No. 2 in five... Calli Duthrie (Griswold) is the only player to start all six games at one position (left field)... Lewis and Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) have batted in three different positions in the order... Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford) has started games at three different positions... she has moved to within 12 hits of 100 in her career... Crysta Wolski (West Hartford) has made a number of difficult plays at third base, handling ten chances with only one error... she had four assists against Washington College (Md.) Tuesday... coming off arm surgery, junior lefty Jacky Arndt (Chelmsford, MA) pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief against Westminster Monday... she gave up one hit and allowed only one ball (excluding the hit) out of the infield... she walked three... she got an infield pop and ground ball to third to strand two runners in the seventh... among players with at least ten at-bats, Bolduk (18 ABs) and SanGiovanni (15) have struck out only once... catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) has handled 29 chanches without an error... freshman catcher Grace Leone (Brick, NJ) has thrown out both attempted base-stealers, both times against Thomas More in her second start... freshman lefty hitter Laura Zenk (Hermon, ME) has started three games in the outfield, two in center, and recorded her first hit and stole two bases in the second inning Tuesday against Thomas More...