FORT MYERS, FL – The Western Connecticut State University softball squad split a pair of games to open the 2019 season on the first day of their spring trip on Saturday. The Colonials fell in the opener to RIT, 2-0, before rebounding to edge Albion, 3-1, later in the afternoon.
Despite tossing six strong innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out eight, WestConn junior starting pitcher Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) took the tough luck loss to RIT. Rookie Alyssa Lionetti (Brookfield, CT) notched her first career hit as a Colonial. The Tigers pushed the contest's first run across the plate with an RBI single in the second. They would add an unearned run in the third en route to the victory.
Trailing 1-0 in Game Two, junior Jenna Houlahan (Yorktown Heights, NY) smacked a two-run homer in the fourth to give WestConn the only runs they would need to earn the win. Senior righty Jaclyn Smith (Sandwich, MA) tossed a complete game gem, surrendering one unearned run while allowing just four hits for the Colonials.
"Tenke had a very impressive debut, giving up only two hits out of the infield. She kept us in the game despite taking the loss," stated WestConn head coach Heather Stone. "Our pitching staff did well and hopefully Houlahan's home run has sparked the offense. Transfers Kara Hanson and Rachel Mirel also put forth solid efforts today," she concluded.
WestConn moved to 1-1 overall and returns to action for yet another doubleheader on Sunday in Naples. They meet Lesley at 11 a.m. before squaring up against St. Joseph (Conn.) at 1 p.m.