Panthers fall to Little East favorites; Digman with four hits for PSU
DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Alle Sabith (Meriden, Conn.) pitched a combined seven innings of relief to earn a save and a win, and senior Jessica Caturano (Holbrook, N.Y.) provided the offensive heroics as the Western Connecticut State University softball team swept Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University, 4-2 and 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Westside Field.
The Colonials, preseason favorites to capture the Little East title, improve to 18-5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while PSU dips to 7-9 overall and 1-3 in the LEC. PSU dropped three conference road games over the weekend by a combined four runs, including two extra-inning outcomes.
Western took the early lead in game one with an unearned run in the first inning. Plymouth State evened the score in the second when sophomore Nicole Abreu (Hudson, N.H.) and freshman Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) led off the inning with a single and double, respectively. Abreu was tagged out at home on a fielder's choice, but Kennard later scored on an infield grounder off the bat of junior Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.).
Junior Erin Biskup (Poutghkeepsie, N.Y.) hit singles and scored in both the third and fifth innings for Western, and junior Nina Wojtkiewicz (Griswold, Conn.) also scored in the fifth to give the Colonials a 4-1 lead.
A pair of infield errors in the top of the seventh inning scored an unearned run for Plymouth State, but a grounder to second ended the Panther rally and gave Western a 4-2 victory.
PSU senior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) started the first inning of game two by reaching first safely on an error. A fielder's choice and a single by senior Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) put runners at second and third. Abreu then singled to right, driving in both runners and giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Western got one run back in the bottom of the third when Biskup led off with a walk and scored her third run of the day on a double to right-center by Caturano. Wojtkiewicz scored the equalizer after hitting a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but neither team managed to score in the sixth or seventh, sending the game to extra innings.
Plymouth State put runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, but failed to score. A pair of bunt singles put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth for Western. Caturano, who was 4-for-4 at the plate in game two, drilled a walk-off single to left-center.
PSU is slated to host Castleton State College this Thursday in the first home games of the season, field conditions permitting. The Colonials return to action Wednesday when they host New Paltz State at Westside Field.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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