NAPLES, FL – After splitting a pair of close games during their Florida trip yesterday, the Western Connecticut State University softball team split yet another pair of games on Thursday. However, the counts were more lopsided as the Colonials blanked Rockford, 11-0, in five innings before falling to North Central (MN), 7-1, later in the day. With the split, WestConn moved to 6-3 overall.
"Today we started off with three home runs that helped take some pressure off our defense. It marked a good first outing for Angelina Miller who is returning off injury," said Colonial head coach Heather Stone at the end of the afternoon. "We came out flat in the second game against a well-coached team and spotted them runs early and never really recovered. We are learning more about each day and the coaching staff has been impressed with what we are seeing," she added.
WestConn junior Charlene Plasczynski (Bristol, CT) had a big day at the plate in the opener, going 2-for-3 with 5 RBI's which included a three-run shot over the left-center fence in the third, giving the Colonials a 6-0 lead.
She then knocked a single up the middle in the fourth, pushing another pair of runs across the plate. Sophomores Rachel Mirel (New Fairfield, CT) and Reilly McMahon (South Windsor, CT) also put forth solid efforts, each hitting 3-for-3, while driving in a pair of runs.
Junior pitcher Angelina Miller (Holbrook, NY) held Rockford scoreless en route to tossing five innings with three strikeouts.
The second contest was not as kind to WestConn. The lone bright spot came in the third when junior Erica Bower (Hillsborough, NJ) smacked an RBI triple.
The Colonials wrap up the trip down south on Friday with yet another twinbill. They meet SUNY-Canton at 9 a.m. before concluding the swing versus Brockport at 11 a.m.