Score: Game 1: Western Conn. St. 8, Wesleyan 6; Game 2: UNE 3, Wesleyan 1
Records: Wesleyan (0-2); WCSU (5-6); University of New England (3-3)
Location: Clermont, Fla.
Date: March 15th
Time: 8 a.m. / 11 a.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University softball team dropped two tough games against Western Conn. and the University of New England as it opened its 2017 season in Clermont, Fla.
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Colonials got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Jenna Houlahan worked a walk to force in a run.
- Izzy Linzer '17 and Julie McDonald '18 would score on hits by Rielly Wieners '18 and Hayley Lipson '20 to give the Cardinals a one run lead in the bottom of the second.
- Jenna Putala '20 would lead off the second with a double, and score on a Kendall Carr '19 ground out to give Wesleyan a 3-1 lead.
- Putala would steal home in the fourth inning to increase the Cardinals' lead to three runs.
- Western would get back to within a run as Sofia Palacios singled home two runs in the fifth to make the score 4-3.
- A five run sixth inning would give the Colonials an 8-4 lead. Charline Plasczynski hit a 2-run homerun while Tori Dugan and Kayla Nowak also knocked in runs.
- In the bottom of the inning, Putala would hit her first collegiate homerun to bring Wesleyan to within three runs. McDonald would later single to score Rachel Curran '20 to make the score 8-6.
- The Cardinals would not be able to get any closer, and Western would claim the 8-6 win.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Nor'Easters would score three runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to the 3-0 lead. Bailey Tremblay had the big hit with a 2-run double.
- Rachel Kantor '19 and Melissa Sprague would exchange scoreless frames until the fourth when Putala doubled home Wieners to bring the Cardinals to within two runs at 3-1.
- Neither team could muster any more offense against Kantor or Sprague, who allowed six and four hits respectively, and WNE would win the game 3-1.
- The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow as they will face Becker and UMass-Boston at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively.