PLYMOUTH, NH - The fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University softball team edged fifth-seeded UMass-Dartmouth, 6-5, before falling to sixth-seeded UMass-Boston in a dramatic extra inning contest, 7-6, in the Little East Conference postseason tournament on Friday. With the split, the Colonials dropped to 17-23-1 overall. They return to action in the double elimination tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. against top-seeded host Plymouth State. The winner advances to meet UMass-Boston in the championship game at Noon.
In Game One versus UMD, senior Kayla Nowak (North Branford, CT) paced the Colonials with three hits and three RBI's, while sophomore Erica Bower (Hillsborough, NJ) chipped in with a pair of hits which included ripping in the walk-off run.
The Corsairs jumped out to 3-0 lead in top of the first before the Nowak answered with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame. WestConn seized a 4-3 advantage in the third. Nowak bunted home a runner before senior Jenna Gaudioso (East Haven, CT) came around to score on an error.
UMD knotted the score in the fifth before regaining the lead in the sixth, 5-4. However, senior Sofia Palacios (San Fernando, CA) notched the game-tying RBI with a single to left, scoring Bower. In the seventh, Bower singled through the left side to win the game, plating Gaudioso who reached earlier on an error.
In a Game Two nailbiter, sophomore Charline Plasczysnki (Bristol, CT) paced WestConn with three hits, while classmate Angelina Miller (Holbrook, NY) tossed six solid innings of relief work without surrendering an earned run.
Down a run heading into the seventh, the Colonials would tie the game when Bower tripled to left center, pushing home Plasczynski. With the score deadlocked at 6-6, the Colonials escaped a bases loaded jam to begin extra innings (Bottom 8th).
The Beacons would eventually notch the game-winner on a bunt single and an error in the 11th inning, sending them onto the title game.