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Fourth-Seeded Softball Season Ends with Heartbreaking Loss to Top-Seeded Plymouth State in LEC Tournament, 5-4

Fourth-Seeded Softball Season Ends with Heartbreaking Loss to Top-Seeded Plymouth State in LEC Tournament, 5-4

PLYMOUTH, NH – After splitting a pair of games in the Little East Conference postseason tournament yesterday, the fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University softball squad had an opportunity to reach the title game of the double elimination tournament on Saturday. However, the Colonials dropped a heartbreaker to top-seeded host Plymouth State, 5-4. With the loss, the season came to an end at 17-24-1 overall, while the Panthers improved to 26-14, advancing where they would lose to sixth-seeded UMass-Boston, who captured the tournament crown. 

Junior pitcher Jaclyn Smith (Sandwich, MA) had a stellar outing on the mount for WestConn, tossing a complete game while striking out five and surrendering just three earned runs. 

Sophomore Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) paced the Colonials with three hits, while classmate Natalia Hart (Milford, CT) knocked in a pair of RBI's. 

Plymouth State tallied three runs in the bottom of the opening frame to go up, 3-0. WestConn cut it to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Hart smacked a single up the middle, scoring Tenke and senior Tori Dugan (Norwalk, CT) who each singled earlier.

The Colonials seized a 4-3 lead in the sixth when senior Sofia Palacios (San Fernando, CA) and rookie Reilly McMahon (South Windsor, CT) each drove in a run. 

However, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers rallied to win the game. They notched an RBI single to even the count at 4-4 before scoring the game-winning walk-off run on a WestConn throwing error. 

Despite the season ending loss, the Colonials put together a stellar second half of the season and will look to build on that momentum in 2019.

"This was a bitter sweet weekend, we saw the team that we knew we were all season. We fought hard and never quit. We lost a tough 11 inning game last night only to get back at it less than 11 hours later. We will miss the senior class and how much they have given to this program. The have left their mark on WestConn softball. We are looking forward to next season as we have one of the best pitching staffs in the league as we displayed this weekend," said WestConn head coach Heather Stone.