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Sanson's Opening-Game Shutout Helps Warriors to Little East Split

Sanson's Opening-Game Shutout Helps Warriors to Little East  Split

DANBURY, Conn. --- Junior outfielder Erica Bower  finished with a 2-for-6 night and drove in a pair of runs in the nightcap as the Western Connecticut State University softball team salvaged a split against Eastern Connecticut State University at Westside Field Thursday night with a 6-2 second-game win that halted the Warriors' five-game win streak.

In the opener, junior lefty Morgan Sanson (Thomaston) registered her third career shutout and first shutout and complete game of 2019, 5-0.  Sanson (5-2) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one and benefited when Eastern (18-6, 7-3 LEC) scored four unearned runs in the top of the third with the help of a crucial fielding error.

The regular-season split was the second in as many years after Eastern had swept the Colonials for three straight seasons. Eastern's seven wins are the most in the Little East thus far and its .700 winning percentage is fourth behind Plymouth State (1.000/4-0), Keene State (.750/3-1) and UMass Dartmouth (.750/6-2). UMass Boston is in fifth place with a 3-5 record (.375).

As the sun and the temperatures dropped for the second game, the WestConn (14-8, 2-4 LEC) bats came alive.  After a 1-1 deadlock through the first two and one half innings, the Colonials scored three run in the bottom of the third frame.  Charline Plasczynski  belted an RBI double to left center field to plate pitcher Sara Tenke  who earlier worked out a one-out walk.  Bower collected an RBI on a ground out to the third base, scoring Brittany Stancavage, who followed Tenke with a free pass.  Plasczynski closed out the scoring in the third after easily scoring on a wild pitch from junior lefty reliever Jackie Arndt (Chelmsford, MA).

An inning later, WestConn tacked on a pair of insurance runs on an RBI triple from Jordan Fitzsimons  and a bunt-single RBI from Stancavage.

Tenke earned the complete-game victory after cooling off the Warriors, allowing one unearned run on five hits.  She struck out four and walked two and is now 4-2 on the season.

Junior righty Haleigh Cardello (Litchfield, NH) suffered her third loss against four wins  after giving up three runs on five hits over the first two and a third innings.  She walked twor.

After two outs and the bases still loaded, Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) reached on an error by WestConn third baseman Kayla Jessup  following a sharply hit ball to the left side.  Freshman Laura Zenk (Hermon, ME) came in to score.  A double to the right-field corner by freshman Julia SanGiovanni (East Haven) cleared the bases and gave Eastern a 4-0 advantage.

Eastern added on a run in the top of the seventh when junior Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford) doubled to bring Zenk home.

SanGiovanni was the only Eastern hitter to drive in more than one run on the evening, finishing with three RBI. SanGiovanni, Zenk and junior catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) each collected two of the team's 11 hits on the day, with Zenk and Matyasovsky each scoring two runs.  Junior Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) had a ten-game hitting streak ended in the second game when whe went 0-for-2, but extended her on-base streak to 11 with a sixth-inning walk.

Jaclyn Smith took the loss and is now 3-3 for the Colonials .  She allowed four unearned run on four hits, struck out two and walked three.

Eastern visits Castleton for a conference doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.