|University of Southern Maine||Western Connecticut|
DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Brooke Cross was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, and freshman Alexis Brown(Malden, Mass.) earned the win in relief to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 8-4 win over the Western Connecticut State Colonials in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Westside Field. Southern Maine dropped the second game to WCSU 8-0 in five innings.
With the split, Southern Maine is 9-10 overall and 2-2 in Little East Conference action. The Colonials are 2-2 in LEC action and 10-13 overall.
GAME TWO: WCSU 8, USM 0 (5)
Freshman Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, N.Y.) pitched a five-inning shut out to lead WCSU to a eight-run mercy rule win over the Huskies. Tenke limited the Huskies to just three hits and two walks, while striking out six. The Colonials aided Tenke striking for 11 hits, led by a 4-for-4 effort from Gaudioso that included a home run and a double for a pair of RBI.
Caron, Pillar and junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) were responsible for a hit a piece for USM. Lux’s hit went for a double. Brown took the loss in the starting role, allowing two earned runs on four hits in 2.0 innings pitched. USM used three more pitchers in the effort.
After a scoreless one and half innings, WCSU scored a pair of runs in the second on an RBI double from freshman Jenna Houlahan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and an RBI sacrifice fly from Tenke. WCSU tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the third to take control with a 6-0 lead. The Colonials scored their four runs on four hits and three errors. Freshmen Charline Plasczynski (Bristol, Conn.), Brittany Stancavage (Bristol, Conn.), junior Sofia Palacios (San Fernando, Calif.) and Tenke each had RBIs in the inning. WCSU closed out the game with another run in the fourth and the fifth to earn the 8-0 win.