Eastern Connecticut Sweeps Softball 4-0, 9-1 (6)

BOSTON, Mass.—Four Eastern Connecticut State University pitchers limited UMass Boston to eight hits over two games, to help the Warriors (15-9, 5-1 Little East) earn a conference doubleheader sweep over UMass Boston (8-15, 0-6 Little East) Saturday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field.

Sam Rossetti (5-for-8, three RBI) and Hannah Latham (4-for-8, three RBI) provided all the offensive support the Warriors would need, as Eastern Connecticut took game one 4-0 and game two 9-1 in six innings.

Freshman Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) led the Beacons with three hits and a run in six at-bats, while junior Abby Goulet (Wales, Maine) recorded her first collegiate hit in game two.

Game One: Eastern Connecticut State 4, UMass Boston 0

Eastern Connecticut State scored four runs in the first four innings and sophomore Emily Komornik pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief for a 4-0 game one victory.

Komornik teamed up with starter Erin Miller to allow just four hits and no runs in the contest. Komornik allowed just two hits and struck out three in relief, after Miller was pulled in the fourth. The Warriors senior ace struggled with her control all game, giving up five walks over 3.1 innings.

Morse paced the Beacons with two of their four hits, while Haley Dutton (Milton, Mass.) and Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) each collected hits in the bottom of the seventh.

Junior pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits and two walks.

The Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, with the first of their four two-out runs. Mattie Brett singled to right field with two down and Rossetti followed with an RBI double over the right-fielder's head to give Eastern a 1-0 lead.

Eastern Connecticut added two more in the third inning. Samantha Rentz singled and Rossetti registered her second double to put two runners in scoring position with two down. Latham followed with a single just over the third-base bag to score both runners and make it 3-0 Warriors.

The visitors tacked on a fourth run in the fourth, as Rentz singled through the middle to plate Alyssa Hancock.

After Komornik retired the first nine batters she faced, UMass Boston finally put some pressure on the Warriors in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Dutton singled over the second baseman's head. She moved over to second on a groundout and tried to score all the way from second on an infield single from Capra, only to be thrown out to end the game. on a strong throw from Hancock.

Game One: Eastern Connecticut State 9, UMass Boston 1 (6 Innings)

The Warriors took advantage of three UMass Boston errors to score five unearned runs in a 9-1 six-inning victory.

Rossetti and Latham combined for three of the team's four RBI, while Samantha Valentine and Summer Cipriani combined to strike out seven batters.

Valentine gave up just one earned run and three hits over the first three innings, while Summer Cipriani picked up the victory in relief, by striking out three and giving up just one hit in three innings.

Freshman Jillian Shepherd (Norwood, Mass.) had a strong game in the circle for UMass Boston, as she gave up just one earned run, four runs total, in four innings of relief.

Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.), Toni Scola (Worcester, Mass.), Morse and Goulet all registered hits for UMass Boston.

The Warriors raced out to another early lead, as they struck for three runs in the top of the first.

After a one-out single, a Beacons error opened the floodgates, as Rossetti and Latham each followed with RBI singles to make it 2-0. Eastern Connecticut State tacked on a third run with one out on a wild pitch on strike three. 

Brett and Rossetti followed up the first inning with an RBI single apiece in the second inning to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead.

UMass Boston finally scratched across arun in the bottom of the third inning. Morse lined a single into left field, moved over to second on a wild pitch, to third on a groundout and then came home to score on a wild pitch with two down.

After the Warriors added another run in the fifth inning, they exploded for three more in the sixth-thanks to a pair of Beacons errors. With runners on second and third and no outs, Latham grounded into a fielder's choice, but the Beacons catcher wasn't able to hang on to the throw home, allowing the seventh Warriors run to score. The next batter hit into a second fielder's choice, but the throw home from the third baseman was well wide, allowing two more runs to cross the plate.

Cipriani sent the Beacons down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to give the Warriors a 9-1 six-inning win.

UMass Boston will return to action Tuesday at 3 p.m. when they host Keene State College in a Little East Conference doubleheader.