PROVIDENCE, RI – The WestConn softball team improved to 13-13 overall and 5-1 in league play following a doubleheader sweep at Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College on Tuesday evening. The Colonials edged the Anchorwomen in the opener, 5-3, before seizing the nightcap, 10-7.
GAME ONE (RECAP COMING SOON…)
Junior Kayla Nowak (North Branford, CT) paced the Colonials, hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 from the plate which included a three-run homer. Rookie catcher Kam Geysen (East Hampton, CT) chipped in with a 4-for-5 showing of her own, while junior Tori Dugan (Norwalk, CT) went 3-for-4.
Holding a 2-1 lead heading into the third inning, Nowak then bashed her first hit – a three-run shot over the left field wall – to give the visitors a 5-1 advantage. The show continued in the fourth when she tripled to right field and came around to score moments later when junior Sofia Palacios (San Fernando, CA) singled to right, widening the gap to 9-1.
Rhode Island answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame, shrinking the deficit to 9-5. Shortly thereafter, Nowak led off the sixth with a double to left. She would eventually come around to score after a wild pitch and a passed ball to put WestConn up, 10-5.
After the hosts tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth to make it 10-7, Nowak sealed the cycle with a single up the middle in the seventh.
"We are young and talented while we keep working on getting better each and every day. Nowak started with a three-run homer and then came up with a triple, followed up with a double, ending with a single. She took the pressure off the defense by picking up some clutch hits. Our pitching staff keeps working hard and we are proud of their growth. Tenke was lifted in the first when she was having control issues only to come back into the game with great poise and control to pick up the win. Our team is gelling and understanding how to work together. We are happy with these two wins," said Colonials head coach Heather Stone after the effort.
WestConn returns to action for yet another doubleheader when they meet visiting non-league foe Trinity College on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.