PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Western Connecticut State University softball pitchers limited Plymouth State University to just one hit in two games Sunday afternoon, sweeping a Little East Conference doubleheader from the Panthers, 6-0 and 4-0, in the regular season finale at D&M Park.
WestConn junior Shelby Slie (Seymour, Conn.) struck out 13 Panthers in six innings of the opener, allowing only a first-inning single and improving her record to 8-3. Classmate Cortney Romyns (Newton, N.J.) combined with Slie to no-hit the Panthers in the nightcap, Romyns going four-and-two-thirds innings and striking out eight and Slie coming on to earn the save with two-and-one-third perfect innings of relief.
The Colonials improve to 19-11 overall and 8-4 in conference play, while PSU completes its regular season at 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the LEC.
Sophomore Heather Bartolo (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) singled for PSU with one out in the first inning of the opener, and Slie shut down the Panthers the rest of the way until junior Christina Scordato (Hillsdale, N.J.) worked a perfect seventh inning. Senior Meg Cirigliano (Newington, Conn.) provided all of the offense the Colonials needed, smacking an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run home run in the third, and leading off a sixth-inning rally with a single.
The nightcap was a pitcher's duel between Romyns and PSU freshman Kat Roland (Norton, Mass.), as the teams were scoreless through four innings. The Colonials got on the board in the fifth inning when Roland put two runners on with a walk and a hit batter, and senior Jess Cioffi (Danbury, Conn.) delivered an RBI single. Junior Brittany Finkeldey (Ivoryton, Conn.) brought another run home with a suicide squeeze.
PSU threatened in the last of the fifth inning when freshman Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) reached on an error with two outs and sophomore Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton) and Bartolo followed with walks to load the bases. Slie came on in relief for WestConn and got Panther junior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.) on strikes to end the threat.
Western then added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth when Romyns blasted a two-run homer, her fourth of the season. Romyns earned the win in the circle to improve to 7-2, and Slie picked up her fifth save.
The LEC Tournament begins Thursday, hosted by regular season champion Rhode Island College. The sixth-seeded Panthers will meet top-seeded RIC in the first game Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
WestConn will complete its regular season Monday with an LEC make-up doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth (6:00 p.m.) The Colonials will be the third seed when the LEC Tournament begins Thursday.
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