WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- In her third career start, freshman Scotty McGee threw her first career softball no-hitter as Carnegie Mellon University blanked Eastern Connecticut State University, 10-0 in five innings Friday afternoon at Diamondplex.
McGee (2-1) did not allow a ball out of the infield, fanning nine, hitting two and walking one in facing just three batters over the minimum for the Tartans (4-6), a first-year program. She struck out the final four batters that she faced. Eastern finishes its Florida trip at 7-3.
Carnegie Mellon battered three Eastern pitchers for 11 hits – two of them home runs and two of them doubles. Cleanup hitter Piper Johnson had three hits for the winners, including a three-run home run in the top of the first. She scored three times and stole two bases. Audrey Peterson also belted a three-run home run in a four-run fifth.
Trailing 3-0, Eastern put a runner in scoring position for the only time in the game in the bottom of the first when freshman Julia SanGiovanni (East Haven) was hit by a pitch with two out and freshman cleanup batter Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) walked, but McGee got a called strikeout to the Warriors' only threat.
Leadoff hitter Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) had the closest thing to a hit when she lined to third base for the second out of the third inning.
Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine a week from Saturday in a doubleheader in its northern, home and Little East Conference openers at 1 p.m.
Six regulars finished with .300+ batting averages, three of them freshmen: freshman Grace Leone (.455), SanGiovanni (.417), Jackie Lewis (.368), Christine Guyette (.364), freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (.333), Tyrrell (.321).
SanGiovanni (.750) and Matyasovsky (.714) both had slugging percentages above .700, leading the team with 18 and 15 total bases, respectively, and topping all players with ten and eight RBI, respectively.
With ten hits, four walks and six HBP, SanGiovanni had a team-leadig 58.8 on-base percentage, with Tyrrell at 42.4, with nine hits and five walks.
SanGiovanni reached base in all ten games and Matyasovsky in eight.
In seven of ten games, Bolduk batted leadoff, Tyrrell second and Calli Duthrie ninth.
No position in the order had one player start every game, with six different players starting games in the No. 5 and No. 6 slots and five different players at No. 7.
Eastern batted .281 as a team as compared to its opponents' mark of .255 and fielded at .949 vs. the opponents' .963
Bolduk was 6-0-0 on the mound with a 1.18 ERA, 34 strikeouts and eight walks in 35 2/3 innings. Opponents managed only a .200 average and three extra-base hits (all doubles).
Bolduk also collected 17 putouts and 15 assists and a .970 fielding percentage.
The pitching staff had a combined ERA of 2.76 as compared to the opponents' 4.27
Defensively, the team commited one or no erros six times and more than two in a game only twice.
The pitching staff and defense held opponents to two or less earned runs in half of the ten games.