NEWBURGH, NY - The Western Connecticut State University softball team split both games of a doubleheader at Mt. Saint Mary College on Thursday afternoon. The Colonials won the opener, 5-3, before falling in the second contest, 4-1. With the split, WestConn moved to 4-14 overall while the Knights went to 5-8.
In Game One, senior Kayla Nowak (North Branford, CT) missed the cycle by just a double, going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI's. Classmate Jenna Gaudioso (East Haven, CT) also had a stellar performance, going 2-for-3. Junior pitcher Jaclyn Smith (Sandwich, MA) improved to 2-0 overall while striking out four and allowing two runs in five innings, and sophomore Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) picked up her first save for WestConn.
Trailing 1-0, Nowak bashed a homer over the left field wall in the top of the second to even the score. The Colonials would rack up four more runs in the third to pull ahead 5-1 before Tenke came on to seal the win.
In Game Two, the Colonials met fierce competition on the mound as Mt. St. Mary senior pitcher Cindy Connoly (Walden, NY) tossed a complete game, striking out nine while allowing just three hits. She also smacked a three-run homer in the first inning to help her cause. Tenke broke up the shutout with her first collegiate home run, a solo shot over the right field wall in the third inning to round out the scoring.
"It was nice to finally be outside as trying to find consistency is challenging since we have yet to practice in an outdoor environment," stated WestConn head coach Heather Stone following the twin bill. "The players our working through a lot of adversity and we are looking forward to conference play this weekend," she added.
The Colonials return to action for a doubleheader at LEC foe UMass-Dartmouth on Sunday at 1 p.m. which was originally scheduled to be played in Danbury but was moved due to treacherous field conditions.