THOUSAND OAKS, CA – The Western Connecticut State University softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Monday. In Game One, the Colonials rallied but the comeback fell short as they were downed, 6-4. In Game Two, WestConn overcame a four-run deficit, but the Regals rallied to win a nailbiter, 10-9.
Trailing 5-0 in the opener heading into the sixth inning, the Colonials put together a surge. Sophomore Natalia Hart (Milford, CT) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run, cutting the lead to 5-1. Moments later, classmate Erica Bower (Hillsborough, NJ) smacked a three-run triple, slicing the deficit to 5-4.
However, that was as close as WestConn would get as Cal pushed across an insurance run in the bottom half of the frame en route to the 6-4 win. Despite tossing a complete game, sophomore Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) took the loss for the Colonials and dropped to 0-2, while Brittany Workman improved to 2-2 for the Regals while also going the distance.
Cal Lutheran jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second contest. The Colonials rallied with five runs in the third and a three in the fourth to capture an 8-6 lead. However, Cal would outscore the Colonials by a 4-1 margin over the final three innings to set the final count at 10-9.
Hart paced WestConn with a 3-for-4 performance to go along with four RBI's. Senior Kayla Nowak (North Branford, CT) also drove in four runs for the Colonials.
WestConn, now 0-4 overall, gets a day off before returning to action at Redlands on Wednesday at Noon to continue the west coast trip.