PLYMOUTH, MA - The Western Connecticut State University softball team closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split at Plymouth State University on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials dropped the opener, 2-0, then bounced back to take the second game, 6-1 at D & M Park.
In the nightcap, the Colonials, now 15-22-1 overall and 8-6 in the Little East Conference, were led offensively by Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) and Kayla Nowak (Northford, CT) each had a double and two hits.
Nowak and Charline Plasczynski (Bristol, CT) were the only WestConn players to tally an RBI as the visitors scored two runs off Panther errors, stole home once and came across on a wild pitch.
Junior Jaclyn Smith (Sandwich, MA) improved to 4-1 on the season after shutting out the Panthers through four innings. The only hits she allowed were back-to-back singles in the second inning.
Tenke earned her second save of the season after allowing just one run over the final three innings. She allowed four hits and struck out two.
Alison Moylan (Methuen, MA) was saddled with the loss and is now 4-7 for PSU. She allowed four runs, two of them earned, on six hits and struck out four.
Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, VT) worked the final three innings for the Panthers. She allowed two runs on a pair of hits and fanned three. The two runs she surrendered reached base after being plunked to lead off the fifth inning.
In the opener, sophomore Angelina Miller (Holbrook, NY) allowed just two runs on three hits, struck out one and walked two, but suffered the loss and is now 9-9 on the season.
WestConn's offense was held to five singles over the first five innings then shut down by Panther Caitlyn Miller (Lee, NH) went the distance and is now 13-6. She struck out three and induced 10 ground outs in the victory.
Ashley Deyo (Dover, NH) registered an RBI double in the host's fourth inning to plate H Seidner with what proved to be the game-winning run. Seidner led off the inning with a double to left-center field.
The Panthers, now 23-13 overall and 11-3 in the league, added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Cassidy Emerson (Concord, NH) hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field. Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, VA) came into score the run.
Plymouth State captured the LEC regular-season title with Saturday's split and will host the league double-elimination championships which begin on Thursday, May 3. A complete tournament rundown of the upcoming LEC Tournament can be found at www.littleeast.com.