DANBURY, Conn. - Defending Little East Conference champion Western Connecticut State University took a pair of close softball games from Plymouth State College Saturday, 2-0 and 3-1. The first victory marked WCSU head coach Alicia O'Brien's 300th career win.
The Colonials remain undefeated (4-0) in LEC games this season (14-4 overall), while Plymouth State drops to 12-6-2 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Game one was a battle between the top two pitchers in the conference who come from the same high school team (Stoughton, Mass.) - WCSU sophomore Sarah Zaslaw and PSC freshman Kim Jeffs. Both are ranked in the top five in the NCAA Division III this spring in both earned run average and strikeouts. Zaslaw emerged as the victor Saturday, allowing only four hits and striking out 10 to improve her record to 9-1. Jeffs gave up only two runs on three hits while fanning 12 batters, but took the loss to drop to 9-3.
Western got the only runs it would need off Jeffs in the first inning as Cherie Bailey singled and with two outs Katie Wardlow clocked her second home run of the season to left field.
WCSU's Kathryn Helbig limited the Panthers to one run on five hits in the nightcap to earn the win (she is now 5-2). PSC finally got on the board in the sixth inning when freshman Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine) singled and scored on an RBI double by senior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.). Dubois finished the doubleheader with three hits. Freshman Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) took the loss for PSC, evening her record at 3-3. Bailey homered to lead the WCSU hitters, who managed only five hits.
PSC is right back in action Sunday at home with a non-conference twinbill against New England College (1:00 p.m.). They are the first two of 12 straight home games for the Panthers.