DANBURY, CT - Junior Sara Tenke (Glen Cove, NY) hurled a three-hit shut out and the Western Connecticut State University softball team captured the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader against Keene State College, 8-0 in five innings, at Westside Field on Sunday afternoon.
She struck out six and walked just one and improves to 3-2 on the season.
The Colonials, now 13-7 overall and 1-3 in the league, took advantage of three Owls' miscues on the infield which resulted in seven of the eight runs they scored recorded as unearned runs.
WestConn's bats also came alive in the second game as Rachel Mirel (New Fairfield, CT) and Tenke collecting two hits and driving in a pair of runs each for the winners.
Natalia Hart (Milford, CT) and Charline Plasczynski (Bristol, CT) tallied the host's other two hits. Plasczynski and Erica Bower (Hillsborough, NY) each score two runs in the mercy-rule-shortened game.
Alexis Blanchette (Hopkinton, NH) suffered the loss in the nightcap after allowing five runs, only one of them earned, over and inning and two thirds. She gave up three hits and struck out three. Olivia McGrath (Dorchester, MA) came on in relief and yielded three unearned runs and walked three. Molly St. Germain (Dover, NH) mopped up the last two third innings for the Owls and registered one struck out.
The Colonials bounced back from being shut out in the opener, 7-0, following a standout performance in the center circle from senior righty St. Germain. She improves to 3-5 after the complete game clean sheet. She allowed three singles, struck out five and walked one.
Emma Pede (Monroe Township, NJ) went 2-for-2 with a double and triple, drove in three runs and scored another for Keene State in the opener.
Julie Elwell (Bennington, VT) went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for the Owls, which are now 5-11 and 1-1 in the LEC.
Angela Miller (Holbrook, NY) took the loss in the center circle and is now 3-1 for the Colonials. She allowed four runs on six hits and struck out one, but could not get out of the third inning. Freshman Alyssa Lionetti (Brookfield, CT) came on in relief and finished off the final four and a third innings. She allowed three runs on four hits, struck out one and walked two.
The Colonials continue their homestand on Tuesday when they play host to intra-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University. First pitch is slated for 5 pm against the Warriors.
Keene State hosts Castleton University on Tuesday with the twinbill set to begin at 3:30 pm.