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Baseball: Surging Warriors Catch Tufts

 Purnell limits Jumbos to one run in relief for No. 18-ranked team

purnell 72dpi_8565.jpgMEDFORD, Mass. - Junior righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) pitched 3+ stellar innings in relief and sophomore third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) sparked a four-run sixth inning with a tie-braeaking two-out, two-run triple as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team won its fifth straight, 6-5, over Tufts University Monday afternoon at Huskins Field.

At left: Matt Purnell

As the third of four Eastern (27-9) pitchers, Purnell (1-3) won his first game of the season by fanning four and allowing only two hits and a run in 3 1/3 innings before senior righty Michael Hepple (Newington) nailed down the win by striking out the final batter of the game in a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Since being swept in a Little East conference home doubleheader by Rhode Island College  nine days ago, No. 18 ranked Eastern has won five straight. Ranked sixth in the most New England poll, released today, the Warriors have won four of six against teams ranked in this week's poll.

A loser of four straight, Tufts scored three unearned runs off sophomore righty Greg Porter (Mystic) and led 4-2 after five before the Warriors  struck for four runs in the sixth after there were two out and one runner on bases on three hits and two walks. Senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA)  extended his hitting streak to 16 by driving in the first run of the inning. After the tying run scored on a passed ball, Vaccarelli stroked his first career triple to plate Cammuso and sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford), who had walked.

Purnell came on in the fifth to strand two runners with a strikeout after the Jumbos had scored once to take a 4-2 lead and allowed only one run before giving way to Hepple to start the ninth. Purnell allowed a single, walk and sacrifice fly in the sixth but struck out three and surrendered just one hit in the seventh and eighth.

Vaccarelli also had a sacrifice fly and finished with three RBI while junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) recorded his team-leading 22nd multiple-hit game with two singles. Sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) also had two hits  and has hit  safely in 25 of his last 28 games.  Cammuso has raised his batting average nearly 100 points to .291 during his hitting streak.

Eastern visits Amherst College Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are ranked seventh in New England.

 

W-Soccer: Alumni Photo Available

 

wsocalumni72dpi_0507.jpgA high resolution image of the photo above from the Eastern women's alumni day Saturday is available by contacting Bob Molta  molta@easternct.edu.

 

W-Track: Hultzman High Jump Winner

 

hultzmanlec72_9764.jpgSophomore Lauren Hultzman (above) became the first Eastern female to finish first in the New England Alliance/Little East Conference high jump event Saturday at the NEA/LEC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Westfield State University. Hultzman, who was the first Eastern female to win the NEA/LEC indoor title this past February, cleared 5-3 3/4 Saturday and Eastern junior Cora Gingras was second in both the NEA and LEC scoring with a mark of 5-2 1/4. Six Eastern competitors earned a total of  15 honors. Hultzman was also third in the LEC in the 100 hurdles and Gingras was also third in the LEC in the long jump and triple jump and sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump  in the NEA scoring. Sophomore Amy Huhn was third in the NEA and second in the LEC in the pole vault, senior Amanda Quinones fifth at 5000 meters in the NEA, sophomore Katie France eighth in the NEA at 1500 meters and sophomore Alexa Palasky was fourth in the NEA and third in the LEC at 10,000 meters. As a team, Eastern was eighth among ten teams in NEA scoring and fouth among six teams in LEC scoring.

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M-Track: Hewett Excels at NEA/LEC

hewett lec72_9996.jpgFirst-year sophomore runner Fredrick Hewett (pictured at right) ran to All-New England Alliance and Little East Conference honors at both 200 and 400 meters Saturday at the NEA/LEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Westfield State University. Hewett was third in NEA scoring at both 200 and 400 meters and was second in LEC scoring in both events, as well.At 400 meters, he finished just .06 behind the winner. The top eight individuals in each event are awarded All-NEA honors and the top three individuals in each event are accorded All-LEC accolades. Hewett was Eastern's only NEA or LEC honoree. The Eastern men were last among 11 Alliance teams and last among six Little East squads.

Baseball: Warriors Back in LEC Race

Sweep of UMD moves them within two wins of regular-season title

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  In the opener of a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader, senior righty Jim Dimon (Seymour) struck out a career-high 13 batters without a walk in the second complete game of his two-year career and Eastern Connecticut State University went on to a 6-3, 7-2 sweep of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at the UMD Athletic Complex.

At right: Jim Dimon

Eastern (26-9, 8-4 Little East) began the day in fourth place in the conference - two games behind Keene State College  and a game back of the University of Southern Maine and Rhode Island College - but moved into a three-way tie for second place with Keene State and Rhode Island after Saturday's play, one game behind leader Southern Maine. Southern Maine swept homestanding Keene State and Rhode Island split a home doubleheader with Western Connecticut.

A sweep at Southern Maine Friday at Gorham, ME in the regular-season finales would give Eastern at least a share of the regular-season crown. If the Warriors sweep, they would unofficially win the regular-season title outright and gain the No. 1 tournament seed if visiting Rhode Island splits with UMass Boston and Keene splits with visiting UMass Dartmouth Friday.

Dimon (3-0) outdueled UMass Dartmouth (14-21, 3-9 Little East) sophomore righty Karney Boff (4-4) in the opener, allowing seven hits and only two earned runs. In the nightcap, junior righties Andrew Merritt (Norwalk),  Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) combined on a six-hitter with ten strikeouts and two walks. Merritt (3-2) gained the win by giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over the first seven innings.  Purnell fanned two batters in a 1-2-3 ninth.

With Eastern leading 2-1 in the first game,  sophomore  third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott)  swatted a three-run home run after junior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) and senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) opened the inning by reaching safely with a single and double, respectively.

Eastern completed its first sweep of UMass in four years in the second game when by scoring the final seven runs after the Corsairs had taken a 2-1 in the first by scoring twice after there were two out and none on on a walk, two singles and an outfield error.

Sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick's (West Hartford) sacrifice fly tied the game in the second and sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) put the Warriors ahead for good, 4-2, with a two-run home run in the third. Sophomore DH T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) doubled with two out and came home on O'Connell's second home run of the year.

Cammuso had three hits in the doubleheader to stretch his hitting streak to 15, with O'Connell and Riemer also collecting three and Vaccarelli, Larivee, Roderick and junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) registering two each. Balowski drove in three runs, as did Vaccarelli, with O'Connell and Roderick plating two each. Riemer doubled twice and Cammuso also reached twice on walks.

Eastern  visits Tufts University Monday at 3 p.m.

M-Lacrosse: Warriors LEC Champions!

 

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(Photo by Marissa Malouf)

They go unbeaten for eighth time en route to eighth regular-season title

BOSTON - Senior attacks Jeremy Cogliano (Bedford, MA) and Michael Sullinger (Brookfield), sophomore attack Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) and sophomore midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire)  combined for nine of the team's 11 third-quarter goals and six assists as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team expanded a three-goal halftime lead in a 20-5 victory at the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday which completed the team's eighth undefeated conference regular season (all in unbeaten fashion) in 12 seasons.

Already assured of the LEC playoff's No. 1 seed, Eastern (10-5, 7-0 Little East) won its eighth outright regular-season championship, finishing one game ahead of two-time defending champion Keene State College. The Owls nailed down the No. 2 seed with an 18-6 win over visiting Western Connecticut State University.

Eastern, along with Keene, gains a first-round LEC playoff bye and will host a semifinal game Thursday night (either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.) against the winner of a Tuesday first-round game between fourth-seeded UMass Dartmouth and fifth-seeded Southern Maine. Eastern, which downed UMass Dartmouth by a score of 11-6 April 18 at Mansfield, eliminated the Corsairs in the opening round of last year's playoffs, 14-8, at North Dartmouth, MA. The Warriors have never faced Southern Maine in the LEC playoffs. 

Eastern scored a season-high six extra-man goals on seven tries, all in the second half and four in the third quarter.

Eastern defeated UMass Boston (3-13, 1-6 Little East) for the 19th straight time, holding the Beacons to two goals through three quarters. Sullinger finished with career-highs of seven assists and ten points, equaling the fifth-most ever in a match in program history. Morrissette  and  Devine both had four goals. In his first career start, freshman faceoff specialist Keith Sardo (Ellington) won 19 of 28 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls. Sophomore defenseman Chris Brown (Cohasset, MA) added six ground balls and sophomore long stick Mike Fanning (Norwell, MA) five.

First-year sophomore transfer Eric Swanson (Bozrah) and freshman Kyle Waterbury (Clinton) each recorded their first career points in the match, Swanson scored the team's final goal on an assist from Waterbury with just under a minute left.

                            LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

#1 Eastern Connecticut
#2 Keene State
#3 Western Connecticut
#4 UMass Dartmouth
#5 Southern Maine
#6 Plymouth State

Tuesday, May 1
#5 Southern Maine at #4 UMass Dartmouth
#6 Plymouth State at #3 Western Connecticut

Thursday, May 3
#4/#5 Winner at #1 Eastern Connecticut, 6 or 7 p.m.
#3/#6 Winner at #2 Keene State

Saturday, May 5
Semifinal winners at the highest remaining seed 

Softball: Warriors End 14-0 in LEC

They become first team in Little East history to go undefeated

Alicea breaks program hit record with 193rd of her career

alicea_300_1075.jpgGORHAM, Maine -  On the final day of the regular season, Eastern Connecticut State University senior All-America pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her  23rd and 24th straight games, senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) broke the 20-year-old program career hit record and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) extended her program record for hits in consecutive games to 28 as the Warriors closed out on a 35-game winning streak and wrapped up the first undefeated Little East Conference regular season in conference history with 9-0, 9-0 wins over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Towers Field on the USM campus.

Above: Priscilla Alicea 

The first game was stopped after five innings, with senior second baseman Christine Yeoman's (Durham) RBI single making it a nine-run margin in the top of the fifth. In the second game, Southern Maine (4-34, 2-10 Little East)  junior righty Stefanie Stockwell limited the Warriors to just two hits through five innings of a scoreless game before Eastern broke it open with nine runs on nine hits in its final two at-bats.

Already assured the No. 1 seed in the LEC tournament which it will host this Thursday through Saturday, No. 2 nationally-ranked Eastern (36-1, 14-0 Little East) becomes the first team in the 17-year history of LEC softball competition to win all of its regular-season games. The Warriors have won 40 and lost two over the last three seasons in LEC regular-season play. It was the third straight LEC regular season title for the  two-time defending LEC tournament champions.

A 5-foot-2 inch, left-handed hitting No. 2 hitter, Alicea broke the record of 192 career hits formerly held by E-Club Hall of Famer Leanne Shoop (1989-1992) by collecting a double to center in her first at-bat of the twin bill with one out in the top of the first inning as part of a 3-for-3 effort at the plate in the opener with two RBI and a run scored.  Alicea finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with two RBI and three runs scored to improve her program record for career batting average to .398 (Rathbun is second at .394). She finished the afternoon with 196 career hits. Alicea, a three-time all-region outfielder, had 43 hits as a freshman, 59 as a sophomore, 50 as a junior and has 44 thus far in 2012.

Rathbun totalled 19 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work over two games, Rathbun fired a three-hit gem with 13 strikeouts in the first game,  then came on in relief of junior starter Christine Akcer (Milford) in the in the fourth inning of the second game for her 95th career win in 107 decisions. She has 1,038 strikeouts in 711 1/3 career innings.

Cooper had two hits and two runs scored in each game and also drove in two as the leadoff hitter in the opener. Cooper had a double and solo home run in the first game and singled in the sixth and seventh innings of the nightcap. The homer was her eighth of 2012 and 21st of her career.

Since going 0-for-10 in a three-game stretch in Florida, Cooper has hit safely in 28 in a row. Sixteen times she has prolonged the streak with one hit. Her 18th straight game with a hit 11 days ago had broken the previous record.

Behind Cooper and Alicea (two doubles)- who had four hits each on the day - Rathbun and sophomore centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) had three each, with Brett doubling twice and Rathbun once for  Eastern, a winner of ten straight over Southern Maine.

 

Baseball: Warriors Post Key Victory

Against No. 2 Wheaton, Darby effective again as starter; Balowski hits HR

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LISTEN: Post-game interview with Joe Balowski, who discusses his home run(Courtesy of Wayne Norman.mp3

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Junior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI) contributed his fourth straight quality start and junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) hit a two-run home run in the third inning as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team defeated Wheaton College (MA), 4-2, Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Tom Darby (Nicolas Wilcox photo)

Ranked No. 18 nationally, Eastern (24-9) improved to 11-4 at home this year and defeated Wheaton (30-6) for the first time in the last three meetings in the final regular-season home game of the year. The Lyons, ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 2 nationally, have lost two straight for the first time this year.

After pitching out of the bullpen in his first eight outings this year without a decision, , Darby is 4-0 in four starts. In those games, he has fanned 26 in 24 2/3 innings with a 1.10 ERA.  His previous wins came over Salve Regina, Bridgewater State, and nationally-ranked Trinity College.

Against Wheaton, Darby pitched into the seventh inning, allowing only one run on three hits while fanning six and walking four.

Balowski's third home run of the season in the third inning off Wheaton senior Nolan Corr put the Warriors in front for good, and after the Lyons got one back in the fourth on junior catcher Dan Gusovsky's two-out, RBI double, the Warriors tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh on two hits, a walk and an infield error. After a throwing error accounted for the first run of the inning, senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) knocked in  freshman pinch runner Steve Bizzaro (Wappingers Falls, NY).

Trailing 2-1, Wheaton had the tying run on third with two out in the seventh on a leadoff single by senior leftfielder John Keating, sacrifice bunt and infield ground ball before junior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) came on to fan No. 2 hitter Eric Jensen on four pitches. Chamberlain gave up one run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks to earn his third save of the season in nien relief appearances.

The single extended Cammuso's hitting straek to 13 Sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford) stole two bases in the seventh inning and scored the first run of the frame on a throwing error and is now 21-for-23 in steals this season.

Eastern  visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader at noon.

Softball: Rathbun No-Hits Cards (Again)

She no-hits Wes for second time in two years; Warriors win 33rd in row

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LISTEN: Molly Rathbun talks about the no-hitter and Arielle Cooper's winning home run (Courtesy of Wayne Norman).mp3

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) tied the Eastern Connecticut State University softball record with her eighth career no-hitter and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) extended her program-record hitting streak to 26 by driving in the only runs of the game with a two-run home run in the third in the Warriors' 2-0 victory over Wesleyan University Thursday night at the Eastern Softball Field.

Above Jen Tamindzija strokes a single in the fourth inning of Thursday's 2-0 win over Wesleyan. (Tim Seidl photo)

Ranked No. 2 nationally, Eastern (34-1) won its 33rd straight game as Rathbun tossed her second no-hitter in as many years against Wesleyan (8-24). The no-hitter was the third this year and eighth of the career of Rathbun, who tied the record of former All-America Christia Mohan, the 1990 national Player-of-the-Year for the national champions.

A winner of 22 straight, Rathbun (23-1) fanned 11 and walked only one in lowering her nation-leading ERA to 0.34. She allowed two baserunners and faced only two batters over the limit. Rathbun commited a fielding error on a leadoff ground ball by junior centerfielder Allee Beatty  and walked senior cleanup hitter Sam Epstein on a 3-2 pitch with two out in the seventh.

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At right: Priscilla Alicea steals the first of two bases Thursday night. (Tim Seidl photo)

Cooper slammed her team-leading seventh home run of the season - the 20th of her career - with one out in the third for the only runs of the game. Sophomore No. 9 hitter Mattie Brett (Waterford) doubled to center with one out before Cooper homered off losing sophomore pitcher Laura Getchell. With the exception of the third inning, Getchell (3-9) gave up only one other hit - a one-out single to center by sophomore second baseman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) in the fourth. Getchell fanned eight and walked three.

Rathbun had a 20-game hitting streak snapped, fanning twice and grounding to third in three plate appearances.

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday with a doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. The Warriors look to close out the regular season with a perfect 14-0 Little East Conference mark.

Softball: NFCA Chooses Rathbun Again

Pitcher/DP repeats as national Player-of-the-Week for No. 2 Warriors

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) was selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Division III Player of the Week for the second straight edition Wednesday. And in the process, helped the Warriors leapfrog defending national champion Linfield College to earn the No. 2 ranking in the latest 2012 NFCA Division III Poll.

Rathbun factored in the decision in each of her five appearances this past week, posting a 4-0 individual record with a save. The three-time All-America pitcher did not allow an earned run in 25 innings and limited opposing batters to just four hits and a .050 batting average. Rathbun extended her streak of innings without surrendering an earned run to 42.2, moving within 9.1 innings of matching her program record (52). She overpowered her opponents by recording 38 strikeouts without yielding a walk.

Rathbun faced a traditional grueling schedule this past week, squaring off against two teams that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Division III Softball Providence, R.I. Regional. She recorded 12 punch outs and limited Coast Guard to just two hits in a complete-game victory on April 17. Rathbun struck out two of the three Bear hitters she faced in the nightcap to work a perfect seventh and collect the save. Four days later, she was credited with the victory in each game of the doubleheader against Rhode Island College. In the opener, Rathbun allowed just a single, while striking out eight to earn the complete-game win. She came on in relief to face the minimum 15 batters as the Anchorwomen were unable to solve the three-time All-American.

Rathbun currently sits atop Division III in earned run average (0.33), while sharing the lead in shutouts (10). She ranks among the national leaders in hits allowed per seven innings (2nd, 2.52), strikeouts per seven innings (3rd, 11.2), strikeouts (4th, 205), and saves (8th, 4). Rathbun became the first Eastern Connecticut softball player to hurl a perfect game in 27 years against nationally-ranked Tufts University April 15. She retired the side in order seven times and logged seven strikeouts to avenge her only loss of the season against the Jumbos. Earlier this season, Rathbun tossed a no-hitter against Chicago in Clermont, Fl.

In an LEC sweep of Western Connecticut State University Tuesday, she became the 13th pitcher in Division III history to amass as many as 1,000 career strikeouts. Rathbun won both games of that doubleheader sweep - one as a starter and one as a reliever - and also extended her season hitting streak to 20 in that doubleheader sweep.

Eastern Connecticut (33-1) reached the 30-win plateau for the third consecutive season and 13th time in program history. The Warriors are currently boasting a program-record 32-game winning streak and an undefeated 12-0 mark in the Little East Conference. Eastern Connecticut was ranked No. 1 in the first edition of the NCAA Division III New England regional rankings.

Eastern hosts Wesleyan University in a single game Thursday at 7 p.m. in the final regular-season home game of the season before closing out the regular season with a LEC doubleheader Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.

 

W-Lacrosse: Deja Vu All Over Again

For second time in two years, Warriors edge Western in OT by 14-13 score

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Note: The No. 3 seeded Warriors will host No. 6 seed Rhode Island College in an opening-round match of the 2012 LEC playoffs Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. A win would move the Warriors into a Friday semifinal match at defending playoff champion and No. 2 seeded Keene State College. On Saturday, Plymouth State University won its sixth outright LEC championship (first outright title since winning the fifth of five straight in 2006) and as the No. 1 seed, will play Friday at home against  the winner of a Tuesday first-round contest between No. 4 University of Southern Maine and No. 5 Western Connecticut. Eastern defeated Rhode Island, 14-7, at home March 31 in its LEC opener and lost at Keene State, 11-6, a week later.

DANBURY, Conn. - The similarities were striking and the result was again welcome when the Little East Conference women's lacrosse match between Eastern Connecticut State University  and Western Connecticut State University was decided in overtime for the second straight season.

Above: Rachel Meotti

The result of Wednesday's match played at the Westside Athletic Complex was identical to the outcome from a year ago at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex, when the Warriors emerged with a 14-13 victory. Both matches were decided in a second overtime, and in both, Eastern scored first and Western tied it in the first OT session, and in the second overtime, Eastern scored the game-winner in the final minute of both contests.

In 2011, Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored an unassisted goal with 14 seconds left in the second overtime for the game-winner. Wednesday, junior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) converted her only goal of the match - also unassisted - with 33 seconds left that spelled the difference.

And in both games, the Eastern and Western goalies made the same number of saves. In 2011, Nancy Ibrahim stopped 13 shots as the winning goalie, while Karli Portnoy made 18 saves. Wednesday, Eastern senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) was credited with 13 and Portnoy again finished with 18.

The match closes out the conference and regular season for Eastern (11-6, 4-2 Little East), which,unofficially, will be locked in as the No. 3 seed in the six-team field when the LEC playoff get underway Tuesday with first-round matches. The Warriors will host the undetermined No. 6 seed at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Western (10-6, 2-3 Little East) visits Keene State College in Saturday's regular-season finale, currently sharing fourth place in the conference with the University of Southern Maine.

It marks the  first time since 2006 that Eastern will not finish with at least a share of the regular-season crown. The No. 3 seed will be its second-lowest in the  11-year history of the playoffs, behind only its No. 4 seed in 2004, when it finished in a three-way tie for second in the final standings.

Unofficially, Plymouth State will earn its first No. 1 seed since 2006, with Keene second and both will draw first-round byes. If it wins its first-round match, Eastern will  visit Keene in one semifinal a week from Friday in a re-match of last year's championship game (won by Keene. The final is scheduled for a week from Sunday at the highest remaining seed.

Since losing to Keene in overtime at home in the 2009 championship game, Eastern has now won four straight conference games decided in overtime.  In 2010, the Warriors edged host Plymouth in OT, 11-10, in the LEC semifinals. Last year, they went four overtimes to down Keene, 15-14, in Mansfield,  before their 14-13 triumph over visiting Western.

Wednesday, Meotti caused a turnover in the Western end of the field with 44 ticks left and raced virtually untouched the length of the field and slipped one by Portnoy, this week's LEC Goalie of the Week, for the game-ending goal.

Eastern senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) forced overtime when she scored her fourth goal of the match with 32 seconds left in regulation. Both teams scored once in the first six-minute overtime period, Eastern sophomore attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) recording her only goal of the match two minutes into the session and Devon Edwards answering for Western just less than two minutes later.

Although the pace of play became more deliberate in the second half, neither team could pull away as the game was deadlocked five times and there were three lead changes.

Marchitto and Prizio each had four goals and an assist as the only Eastern players with more than one score. Sophomore attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won six draws and Prizio four and Meotti caused eight turnovers and scooped up seven ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Wolf (Barrington, RI) added five ground balls.

 

 

Baseball: Warriors Halt Skid in Big Way

 They collect season-high 21 hits to back Porter's seven-inning stint

porter72dpi_0158.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Four players had three hits each and sophomore righty Greg Porter (Mystic) won his staff-high fourth game of the year as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team routed Wesleyan University, 13-3, in a non-conference game Wednesday night at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Greg Porter

Ranked No. 18 nationally, Eastern (23-9) scored seven runs in its first two at-bats on eight hits and went on to its 17th straight win over Wesleyan (18-14). The Cardinals had won their previous  five.

The Warriors amassed a season-high 21 hits - 17 of them singles - off six Wesleyan pitchers, three of whom were freshmen. Porter (4-0) equaled his career-high set in his most recent start by pitching the first seven innings. He allowed only one earned run on five hits with a career-high nine strikeouts and lowered his ERA to a staff-best1.36.

Junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin), who picked up his 100th career hit Saturday against Rhode Island College, reached three times with two doubles and a hit-by-pitch and scored each time. He has hit safely in his last eight games.

vaccoconnell72dpi_0162.jpgPicking up three hits each were sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford), sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA), senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and sophomore third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott).  Sophomore DH T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) drove in two runs with a pair of infield ground balls and  sophomore Tommy McKenna (Lexington, MA) plated the first two of his career with a pinch single in the eighth. O'Connell was also credited with two RBI with a double in the four-run second and a single in a three-run fourth.

Above: Third baseman Mike Vaccarelli and shortstop Danny O'Connell surround this fifth-inning ground ball off the bat of Wesleyan's Alex Meadow. Vaccarelli threw out the runner for the final out of the inning.

Since batting .193 through his first 20 games, Cammuso has hit safely in his last 12 games to raise his season average to .286

Freshman third baseman Sam Goodwin-Boyd hit his first collegiate home run in the eighth inning for Wesleyan, with senior shortstop Kyle Weiss singling in a run in the Cardinals' seven inning and freshman second baseman Andrew Yin plated the team's first run with a single in the second.

Eastern hosts Wheaton College (MA) Thursday at 6 p.m. The Lyons are ranked second nationally and first in New England.

 

Softball: Warriors Clinch LEC Top Seed

Eastern sweeps Western Connecticut to extend winning streak to 32

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WATCH Dr. Elsa Nunez gives address at Dedication Ceremony.(6:36)

 In the most recent NFCA Division III national poll, released Wednesday, Eastern moved up a spot to No. 2. Defending champion Linfield College fell from first for the first time this year after losing two games in the Northwest Conference tournament this past weekend to Pacific Lutheran University. Emory University, No. 2 last week, moved up to No. 1. Eastern was chosen No. 2
based on a 31-1 record through the weekend and 30-game winning streak. The Warriors remained the No. 1-ranked team in both the New England Coaches' Poll and NCAA regional rankings.

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won both games on the mound, recorded her 1,000th career strikeout, and rapped a three-run home run in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Little East Conference tournament for the third straight season with a pair of come-from-behind wins, 4-1 and 4-3 in eight innings over Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night at the Eastern Softball Field.

Above: Molly Rathbun addresses the audience during during the pre-game Dedication Ceremony for the new softball field.

Ranked No. 3 nationally and first in New England, Eastern (33-1, 12-0 Little East) has won 32 straight games and improved its three-year record in regular-season conference play to 38-2. As the No. 1 seed, Eastern will host the six-team, there-day double-elimination tournament beginning Thursday, May 3.

A winner of 21 straight pitching decisions this year, Rathbun (22-1) pitched a complete-game three-hitter without allowing an earned run in the first game, and pitched the final 3 2/3 innings of relief in the second game. In the second game, Rathbun blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the first after Western (21-13, 3-7 Little East) had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

In the first game, Western scored an unearned run in the first inning and that lead held up until the Warriors scored twice in the fifth on RBI singles by freshman DP Sam Rossetti (Shelton) and sophomore centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford). Eastern tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth on Cooper's RBI double and an RBI single by Rathbun.

Rathbun gained the second-game win after allowing the Colonials to tie the game in the sixth  on a two-out single. Eastern won the game in the eighth when junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) beat the throw home from third on sophomore leftfielder Stephanie Johnson's  (Southington) bases-loaded ground ball to short. Cooper extended her program record hitting streak to 25 by singling to open the eighth. Rathbun, who has hit safely in 20 in a row, followed with a single and an infield ground out and intentional walk loaded the bases for Johnson with one out.

Junior Christine Akcer (Milford) pitched into the fifth inning of the second game, but gave way to Rathbun with one out and two aboard and the Warriors leading, 3-2. Junior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) fielded a tough chance and threw out the runner for the second out and Rathbun got the final out on a swinging strikeout.  Akcer allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walk but did not figure in the decision after the Colonials reached Rathbun for the tying run in the sixth.

Rathbun finished the doubleheader with four hits and four RBI, reaching base safely seven times. Cooper had three hits and scored three runs and sophomore shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester), Rossetti and senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford)  all had two hits. Godwin also walked twice.

Jackie Zilnicki had four of Western's nine hits on the day.

With her fourth of six strikeouts in the opener - coming to the leadoff batter in the fourth -- Rathbun became the 13th pitcher in Division III history to strike out as many as 1,000 batters.By allowing Western's sixth-inning run in the second game,  Rathbun fell one inning shy of tying her program record of 52 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Rathbun entered the game leading Division III in earned run average and shutouts and was second in least hits allowed per game, third in strikeouts per game, fourth in total strikeouts, and fifth in wins.

Alicea  had one hit in each game to tie the program career record of 192 hits, set 20 years ago by E-Club Hall of Famer Leanne Shoop.
 
Eastern hosts Wesleyan Thursday at 7 p.m. in a single game.

 

Baseball: WNEU Dumps Warriors, 9-6

Bears score  five runs in sixth on five hits and an error to post win

oconnell head 72_2358.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Western New England baseball team ran its winning streak to eight games with a 9-6 victory over No. 16 Eastern Connecticut  State University Tuesday afternoon at Trelease Park. The Golden Bears improved their record to 24-9 with their fifth straight win over Eastern while the Warriors drop to 22-9 following their third straight loss.

At left: Danny O'Connell

Junior right fielder Matt Anthonis paced the 13-hit attack with two hits, a walk, two runs scored, and a pair of RBI. Junior third baseman Tim Clark contributed two hits with a run and two runs-batted-in.

Eastern jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first following a two-run single by junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) and run-scoring double by sophomore designated hitter T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA). Sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) had a RBI single in the third - the 100th hit of his career -- to give the Warriors a 4-1 advantage.

The Golden Bears got two back in the fourth when freshman first baseman Steve Buckley knocked in a run with single and later scored on a wild pitch.

Western New England scored five times in the sixth to open an 8-4 lead with a RBI single by Anthonis and two-run single by junior third baseman Mike Rubino the big hits. Anthonis delivered a sacrifice fly in the eighth to stretch the margin to 9-4.

Eastern, which shares fifth place with the Golden Bears in this week's New England poll, scored twice and had runners on first and second with no outs when junior reliever Mike Lospinuso entered the game. He walked the first batter he faced, but then got a double play grounder and strikeout to end the game.

Senior Mike Lawlor (3-2) gained the win in relief by pitching four-and-two-thirds innings allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with four walks and four strikeouts.

Senior designated hitter Mike Taylor and junior leftfielder Taylor Perun also singled twice for the Golden Bears.

Larivee finished with three of the visitors' 12 hits while Balowski chipped-in with two hits and three RBI with a run scored. O'Connell also had two hits.

The Warriors used four pitchers with senior Michael Hepple (Newington)  taking his second loss against two wins . He went five innings in only his second start in 19 appearances this season giving up nine hits and five runs with a walk and four strikeouts.

Eastern hosts Wesleyan University Wednesday at 6 p.m.


 

M-Lax: Warriors Clinch No. 1 Seed

Warriors remain undefeated in LEC with 14-5 verdict over Western

ecsumlaxteam72dpi2012_0017.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team clinched the top seed in the Little East Conference playoffs for the eighth time in 12 years with a 14-5 victory over Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

A winner of four straight, Eastern (9-5, 6-0 Little East) defeated Western (9-5, 4-2 Little East) for the 12th time in this 12-game series. The Warriors look to close out their eighgth undefeated regular season in conference play Saturday when it visits Massachusetts Boston (1-5 in the conference) at 3 p.m.

 Eastern, which has allowed less than ten goals per game this season, limited Western to one goal in three of four quarters and to two in the other. Senior goalie Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) made ten saves in the first 51 minutes and  junior Drew Deane (Vernon) contributed nine scoreless minutes with two saves.

Senior attack Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) had four goals to lead Eastern, , sophomore attack Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) adding three and senior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) two.

 

Little East: Four From Eastern Get Nod

Rathbun recognized for fifth straight week; Dubinsky a four-time pick

cooper_72lec_1208.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior softball pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and junior men's lacrosse player Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) are among four Eastern Connecticut State University athletes recognized in the Little East Conference weekly spring awards program for their play for the week ending April 22.

At right: Arielle Cooper 

Rathbun was named Pitcher-of-the-Week for the fifth straight week and Dubinsky was selected Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the third straight week and fourth time in seven weeks. Joining them were junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic), who was cited as softball Player-of-the-Week for the  second time (in three weeks), and sophomore midfielder Tyler Fresen (Newington), who received a weekly men's lacrosse honor for the first time in his career as Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Rathbun has not been named Pitcher-of-the-Week only once this season - in the first report of the year which was conducted before the Warriors opened their season. She was recognized with a weekly award for the 18th time in her career.

Rathbun did not allow an earned run in 25.0 innings in the team's 6-0 week, striking out 38 batters without a walk and limiting opposing batters to four hits and a .050 batting average. She appeared in five games during the week, throwing shutouts in her three starts and recording four wins and a save in helping the Warriors improve their winning streak to 30. During the week, the three-time All-America and Eastern career leader in pitching wins extended her streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 42 2/3, 9 1/3 innings shy of her program record.

Rathbun's strikeouts during the week moved her to within four of 1,000 in her career.The national leader in earned run average (0.33), Rathbun is 20-1 (19 straight) with four saves and 205 strikeouts and 13 walks in 127 2/3 innings. She has ten shutouts in 16 starts. In Eastern's 10-0 conference record, Rathbun is 6-0 with a 0.34 ERA in 41 1/3 innings, 66 strikeouts and two walks.

fresen 72_7248.jpgOffensively, Rathbun also led Eastern with a .545 batting average, a 1.000 slugging average and .706 on-base percentage.

At left: Tyler Fresen 

Cooper stretched her program-record hitting streak to 23 during the week, batting .474 with six runs scored and a team-leading ten RBI.  Of her nine hits, two were doubles and two were triples as she slugged at  .789 with a .565 on-base percentage. In a 7-2 home win over Rhode Island College in the second game of a doubleheader, she gave Eastern the lead for good with a two-out, two-run singles in the fourth inning.

At third base, she also handled 16 chances without an error during the week. In 32 games this year, Cooper is batting .430  with 82 total bases and a .973 fielding average. In ten conference games, she is batting .528 and leads the team with 34 total bases and 12 RBI and is second with 11 runs scored.

Fresen contributed to ten of the team's 34 goals in a 2-0 week, both victories in Little East Conference play which moved the Warriors to within a Tuesday win over visiting Western Connecticut of clinching the No. 1 playoff seed.

Ranked second in the LEC in assists, Fresen contributed to seven of the team's goals in a 16-7 home win over UMass Dartmouth with a season-high three goals and a career-high four assists. In five LEC matches this year, has a team-high nine assists. In five conference matches this year, he is second in assist average.

As a first-year starter, Dubinsky won nearly 70 percent of his faceoffs (34-for-49) with 26 ground balls in a 2-0 week. Dubinsky won 15 of 19 faceoffs in an 18-9 LEC road win over Southern Maine, with 13 ground balls. In five LEC wins this year, Dubinski has won 71.7 percent of his faceoffs with 63 ground balls.

In 13 matches this year, Dubinsky has produced a faceoff percentage .629 and averages 11.9 ground ball, ranking second  in the NCAA in the latter category.

Ranked No. 3 in Division III with a 31-1 record, the softball teams hosts Western Connecticut State University in an LEC doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Warriors have won a program record 30 straight and is 10-0 in the LEC with four regular-season games remaining.

The men's lacrosse team is 8-5 overall and leads the LEC with a 5-0 record. A win Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against visiting Western Connecticut guarantees the team the No. 1 seed in the LEC playoffs.


 

 

W-Track: At SC, Hultzman Takes a First

Sophomore tops field in high jump for third time outdoors

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  --  Sophomore Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) won the high jump for the third time during the outdoor season and sophomore Amy Huhn (Hebron) was second in the pole vault when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's outdoor track and field team finished fifth at the Springfield College Invitational at the Blake Track Saturday.

At left: Lauren Hultzman clears the bar at Springfield Saturday

Eastern totaled 52 points in the nine-team meet, two better than Keene State College. The top four teams separated themselves from the rest of the field. Champion Springfield had 178 points, Division II American International College 147, Westfield State University 134.5 and Division II College of Saint Rose 102.

Hultzman out-jumped a field of seven with a mark of 5-3 in the high jump, while Huhn went over the bar at 9-8 in the pole vault in a field of seven competitors. Sophomore Alexa Palasky (Griswold) outran the other competitor -- classmate Wendy Bouton (Stratford) -- to win at 10,000 meters in a time of 43:21.00 and pick up ten points. Bouton totaled eight.

Other point producers included sophomore Tacia Bryant (Guilford), who was fourth in a field of 17 at 200 meters, junior Christine Charpentier (Monroe), who was sixth among 17 in the 200 and eighth among 13 in the 400; senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull), who was eighth among 23 performers in the 800, and the 4x10 relay, which was fifth among six. Runners in the relay were Bryant, Charpentier, Hultzman and Huhn.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Westfield State University at 11:30 a.m.

M-Track: Lochard Claims 800 at SC

Warriors place fourth in field of ten at Springfield Invitational

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  --  Freshman Kevin Lochard (Stamford) won at 800 meters and freshman Lusiantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) and 4x100 meter relay qualified for post-season competition when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's outdoor track and field team finished fourth at the Springfield College Invitational at the Blake Track Saturday.

At left: Kevin Lochard

Lochard outran a field of 17 runners with a winning time of 1:58.68 -- edging Springfield's Ryan O'Connell by .17 -- and recorded ten of the team's total of 82 points. Springfield College (214) won the ten-team competition, 73 points better than runner-up Westfield State University.

Rosado in the 110meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay both qualified for next month's post-season competition. In the 110 hurdles, Rosado qualified for the New England Division III Championships with a time of 16.47. He collected eight points with a second-place finish in a field of nine performers.  Rosado also anchored the 4x100 relay, which met the standards for ECAC and New England competition with a time of 43.43.  Also running that relay - which was made up of all first-year performers and which finished fourth in a field of seven -- were sophomore Fredrick Hewett (New London) and freshmen D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) and Dylan Kruppa (Torrington).

Hewett totaled 14 points in individual events on the afternoon, Kruppa 13 and Rosado 11. Hewett was second at 100 meters (11.32) and third at 200 meters (22.99) and Kruppa was second in the long jump (20-3 ¾) and fourth at 400 meters (51.60). In addition to the 110 hurdles, Rosado added three points with a sixth-place finish in the 400 hurdles.

Other top performers included Chambers, who was sixth in a field of 25 in the 100 and seventh among 24 in the 200. Junior Nick Miller (Norwich) placed fifth in a field of 13 in the 5000 and freshman Andre Reynolds (Hartford) was third among nine in the 110 hurdles.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Westfield State University at 11:30 a.m.

M-Lax: In LEC, Warriors Take the Fifth

They can clinch top seed with home win over Western Tuesday

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GORHAM, Maine -- The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team displayed its offensive firepower in the second and third quarters - and its ability to kill penalties throughout --  outscoring the University of Southern Maine by 11 goals in those frames en route to its fifth straight Little East Conference victory, 18-7, Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

Above:Kevin Fechtmann (23) (Tim Seidl photo)

The penalty-plagued win was the third straight and fifth in the last six games for Eastern (8-5, 5-0 Little East). Southern Maine (4-9, 1-4 Little East) was coming off its first Little East victory of the season, but fell to Eastern for the 11th straight time in this series.

With two regular-season conference matches remaining (Tuesday at home against Western Connecticut at 7 p.m. and Saturday at Massachusett Boston), Eastern remained a game up in the standings on Keene State and Western. On Saturday, Keene got past host UMass Dartmouth, 13-8, and Western nipped Plymouth State in overtime, 10-9.

Having already defeated two-time defending regular-season LEC champion Keene, Eastern moved to within two victories of posting its eighth undefeated LEC regular season in 12 years of conference competition. A win over Western guarantees the Warriors the top seed in the upcoming LEC playoffs and no worse than a share of the regular-season title with Keene.

Eastern's man-down unit spent plenty of time on the field as the Warriors commited a team-high 11 penalties for a team-high 9 ½ minutes.  Southern Maine's 12 penalties for  11 ½ minutes were also the most against the Warriors this season.  Eastern successfully killed off eight of USM's ten extra-man efforts, and senior attack Jeremy Cogliano (Bedford, MA) chipped in a man-down goal to open the second half.

Junior attack Christian Leone (West Norwalk) and senior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) paced the Warriors' balanced scoring with three goals apiece.  Senior attacks Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) and Cogliano,  junior midfielder Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) and sophomore Mike Devine (Cheshire) each had two goals. 

Junior midfielder Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) controlled the "X" by winning 15 of 19 faceoffs and scooping  up a game-high 13 groundballs. He improved his season faceoff percentage to .629 and his ground ball average to 11.9. In five LEC wins, Dubinsky shows a .717 faceoff winning percentage  and a ground ball average nearly 13.0.

The Warriors used four goalies in the game.  Senior Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) started and played the first half making five saves.  Junior Drew Deane (Vernon) played the third quarter and stopped all three shots to come his way.  Rookies John Capodicasa (West Hartford) and Richard Squires (Norwalk) split the fourth quarter, combining for five saves. The collegiate appearance was the first in the career of Squires, who turned back the only shot that he saw over his five minute stint.

Freshman Kaleb Smith led the Huskies scoring two goals and dishing out an assist for three points.  Five other players had one goal.  Junior Kyle Dussault started in the Huskies cage playing three quarters and making eight saves.  Junior Ryan Hatch had three saves in the final quarter.

The Huskies tied the score midway through the first quarter on a score by junior Ryan Foley, but that would be the last tie as the Warriors outscored the Huskies 9-3 over the remainder of the first half.

Sullinger gave the Warriors the lead for good with his first goal with 6:46 left in the first quarter.  The goal sparked a run of three consecutive Warrior goals that made it 4-1 before junior Mike Orlando scored for the Huskies.

Bolivar and Leone scored for the Warriors in the opening two minutes of the second period as part of a four-goal run that pushed the visitors' lead to 8-2.

The Warriors put the issue to bed in the third quarter scoring seven unanswered goals. Cogliano had a man-down goal early to ignite the run of Warrior goals.  Devine and Fechtmann each scored twice, and Leone and Bolivar recorded one goal.


 

W-Lacrosse: Warriors Storm Past Dogs

Marchitto eclipses 50-goal mark with six in Little East victory

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior attack Daniela Marchitto (Orange) improved her Little East Conference-leading goal total to 54 by scoring six times and senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) added four goals and three assists as the Eastern Connecticut State University women' lacrosse team downed the University of Southern Maine, 20-15, Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Daniela Marchitto

The match between the Warriors and Huskies was the first in Mansfield since Southern Maine (6-9, 2-2 Little East) won for the only time in the 15-game series with a 15-14 victory in the LEC championship match in 2010. Until Saturday, the teams had played three straight matches decided by one goal, Eastern (10-6, 3-2 Little East) winning two.

Eastern got goals from nine different players, outshooting the visitors 44-31 and holding slim advantages in ground balls, turnovers and faceoffs. Southern Maine connected on only three of 15 free-position shots.

Southern Maine scored five straight goals late in the first period to move ahead by two before the Warriors answered with 12 of the next 15. Seven different players contributed goals in the run, with Marchitto totaling four. The team converted all four of its free-position goals in that stretch.

 Sophomore midfielder Jacki Kelly netted nine of Southern Maine's goals (including its first three) on 12 shots, giving her a team-leading 32 on the season.  Sophomore midfielder Rosie Forster won six draws and junior midfielder Samantha Purcell scrooped up four ground balls.

Eastern sophomore attack  Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won 18 of 33 faceoffs and claimed  a team-leading ten draws. Junior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) took over the team lead in ground balls by picking up six. She also caused three turnovers.

Seniors Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Amber Petrizzo (Plainville) combined in goal for the win in their final regular-season home matches. Ibsen made six saves over the first 57 minutes. Southern Maine sophomore Kim Vogel made ten stops.

Marchitto becomes the 13th player in the program's 17-year history to record as many as 50 goals in a season. Last year, Prizio pumped in 60 -- 25 behind the season record. 

Eastern had won exactly nine matches in each of the last three years and the ten victories gives the Warriors double figures in wins for the ninth time in the last 15 years (the team has won nine five times in that span).

Eastern closes out the regular season at Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match at 4 p.m.

Baseball: Warriors Unravel, Fall Twice

Rhode Island takes Little East Conference pair from host Eastern

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Seven errors by the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team led to nine unearned runs as the Warriors fell from a share of first place into fourth place in the Little East Conference with 12-7, 8-0 losses to Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: On Alumni Day, E-Club Hall of Famer Dick Grenier -- the first Eastern baseball player to sign a professional baseball contract -- threw out the ceremonial first pitch.(Cristina Danielson photo)

In losing to Rhode Island (20-11, 7-3 Little East) for the fourth straight time in two years (all at home) after winning 15 straight in the series, Eastern (22-8, 6-4) had an overall six-game winning  streak ended. Rhode Island has won ten of its last 13.

Keene State (8-2) swept UMass Boston Saturday to take over sole possession of first place and Rhode Island and the University of Southern Maine moved into a two-way tie for second with identical records.

In the second game,  junior righty David Hoey became the first  Rhode Island pitcher to shut Eastern out since Dave Flanagan outdueled Eastern's Mike Stevens (who lost a one-hitter), 1-0,  at Providence in 1977 - a span of 81 games in the series. Hoey (4-1) gave up nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Rhode Island scored all the runs it would need in the opener with three in the first inning against Eastern junior righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk).  Senior first baseman Dan Hopkins and senior second baseman Joan Mustafa singled in the inning, and two walks and a wild pitch on a strikeout aided the Anchormen cause. Mustafa had four of his team's 11 hits and drove in two runs and stole two bases, with senior shortstop Kyle Allaire and senior catcher J.P. Stone reaching a combined total of five times and scoring two runs each.

After collecting two hits in the opener, Allaire broke the RIC program record with his  191st career hit - a single leading off the sixth inning of the nightcap.

Eastern had baserunners in all but one inning against Hoey, but the Anchormen played perfect defense and turned three double plays.

Leading 6-4 in the first game, Rhode Island scored three unearned runs in the seventh on one hit and two Eastern errors and three times in the eighth on three hits. Mustafa's two-run double highlighted the three-run eighth.

Mustafa had five hits and Allaire and senior Brent Hopkins four each in the doubleheader. Mustafa doubled and tripled and drove in four runs and scored three; Allaire reached seven times with four hits and three walks, scored four runs and plated two, and Dan Hopkins reached safely six times with four walks and two hits. Stone drove in three runs

Eastern junior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) and junior  third baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) both swatted their first career home runs in the first game. Sophomore catcher T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) had four hits on the day and plated two runs; Accomando, senior leftfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA), Riemer and junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) all had three hits. Accomando drove in three runs and Larivee two and Balowski scored twice.

Eastern visits Western New England College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Softball: Warriors Sweep RIC, 8-0, 7-2

They remain unbeaten in ten Little East Conference games

sb_seniors_day72pdi_0298.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 19th straight pitching decision and extended her hitting streak to 18 and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) extended her program-record hitting streak to 23 as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team remained undefeated in the Little East Conference with its 29th and 30th straight overall wins, 8-0 in six innings and 7-2 against Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

Above: Recognized on Seniors' Day at the conclusion of the sweep Saturday were Priscilla Alicea, Rosie Manzo, Molly Rathbun, Jaymie Sommers, and Christine Yeomans. (Anthony Gennusa photo)

Ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in New England, Eastern (31-1, 10-0 Little East), won the battle of undefeated LEC teams by defeating Rhode Island (15-12, 6-2 Little East) for the tenth time in the last 11 meetings between the programs. Eastern is 36-2 in its last 38 LEC regular-season games.

Rathbun (20-1) pitched a complete-game one-hitter in the opener with eight strikeouts and no walks in the first game, and retired all 15 batter that she faced to pick up the second-game win (the 90th of her career) in relief of junior starter Kassondra Silva (Hamden). Rathbun fanned11 in 11 innings on the day to move to within four of her 1,000th career strikeout.  She extended her consecutive inning streak without allowing an earned run to 42 2/3 innings, 9 1/3 shy of her program record. She has allowed earned runs in only three of 27 appearances this season.

andersonaward72dpi_0122.jpgRathbun extended her hitting streak with a two-run home run in the first game -- improving her career record to 25 -- and a third-inning double in the nightcap for her only hits of the day. Cooper  had two singles in the opener and contributed a two-run single in the second game to prolong her record hitting streak.

Above: During pre-game ceremonies, the Jeff Anderson Memorial Award was presented to the family of Eastern softball alumnus Suzanne "Suzy Warrior" Warner Stanton, who passed away in March from cancer.(Anthony Gennusa photo)

Senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) collected four hits on the afternoon (two doubles) and drove in two runs to move to within three of breaking the 20-year-old  program career record of 192.

Junior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) doubled and hit her first career home run while batting ninth in the order in the first game and finished with three hits on the day.

Junior first baseman Emily Johnson had Rhode Island's only hit of the first game - a two-strike opposite-field single down the right field line leading off the second inning.  Freshman leftfielder Taylor Nelson recorded two of her team's four hits in the second game, reaching on an infield hit and scoring in the third on junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau's single to tie the game 2-2.

The Warriors broke the 2-2 tie in the second game by scoring twice in the fourth and three times in the sixth. Cooper's two-out single made it 4-2 in the fourth and Paterson singled in the first run of the sixth and Alicea doubled in the final two.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Tuesday in a 5 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader. A ceremony officially recognizing the new field will be staged before the first game.

Track: Hultzman, Gingras Break Mark

At HC Hept, Hultzman collects record 3,709 points and Gingras has 3,648

hultzmanHCpent72dpi041819_7441.jpgWORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) and junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) both broke the Eastern Connecticut State University women's outdoor track and field heptathlon  record at the College of the Holy Cross Heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday at the Hart Track.

At left: Lauren Hultzman

Hultzman, also the indoor pentathlon program record-holder, established a record 3,709 points Thursday, with Gingras netting 3,648. Both broke Gingras' previous record of 3,477 points, set last May  at the New England Division III Championships at MIT.
In a field of Division I, II and III competitors, Hultzman placed ninth overall and Gingras was 11th. 

On Wednesday in the 100 hurdles, Hultzman was timed in 17.29 and Gingras 17.37; Hultzman ran the 200 meters in 28.78 and Gingras 28.61; Hultzman jumped 5-3 and Gingras 5-0 ½ in the high jump; and Hultzman threw the shot put 28 feet, 8 1/3 inches and Gingras was marked at 28-6 ¾.

Thursday, Hulzman long  jumped 15-6 ½ and Gingras 15-3 ½; Hultzman threw the javelin 103 feet-2 inches and Gingras 71-7 ½; and in the 800, Hulztman was clocked in 2:50.76 and Gingras 2:32.23.
 

Softball: Molly Rathbun Cited Nationally

Senior pitcher/DP honored as NFCA National Player-of-the-Week

rathbunPOW72dpi_0268.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior softball pitcher/designated player Molly Rathbun (Hebron) has been named the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Division III National Player-of-the-Week for the week ending April 15.

At left: Molly Rathbun

It is the second time in her career that Rathbun has been honored on the national level. She shared the recognition in her previous selection.

Against the No. 1 ranked team in New England in Tufts University last Sunday, Rathbun threw the program's first perfect game in 27 years, fanning seven and retiring all 21 batters in order in the 4-0 win at Wellesley, Mass.  Tufts, ranked No. 11 nationally, had a .352 team batting average entering the day.

The win avenged Rathbun's only loss of the season as she won her 16th against a loss, 15th in a row. In the game, she also homered in the first and hit a two-run double in the fifth. On Saturday, she pitched a one-hitter after carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning of a 6-0 road win over UMass Boston.

In Eastern's 8-0 week, Rathbun was 4-0 with a 0.24 ERA, fanning 50 and walking two with a 0.24 ERA (one earned run) in 29.0 innings, with batters hitting just .102. She appeared in five of the games as a pitcher, starting four and saving one. She threw four complete games, three of them shutouts and allowed runs in one game.

Offensively during the week, Rathbun hit safely in all seven games in which she batted to extend her hitting streak to 13 (it currently stands at 16) and led the team in batting average (.524) and RBI (12) and also had 16 total bases and a .762 slugging average.

The three-time All-American currently leads the nation in ERA at (0.36) and is second in least hits per game (2.7) and third in shutouts (9) and strikeouts  (11.7). Rathbun also leads the Warriors offensively this season in batting average (.463), RBI (26) and on-base percentage (.516).   During the week, she broke the program record for career total bases (currently 268) and and also hit a home run to improve her program-record total to 24.

Rathbun owns program pitching records for appearances, innings, starts, wins, winning percentage, strikeouts, saves, complete games, shutouts and relief appearances and is second in ERA and no-hitters. She has one of two perfect games in program history.
Ranked No. 3 nationally behind Linfield College and Emory University and No. 1 in New England, the Warriors have won a program-record 28 games and are currently 29-1 (8-0 in the Little East), 20-0 in up north.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island Saturday in at 1 p.m. in a battle of unbeaten conference teams.

M-Lax: Warriors Surge Past UMD, 16-11

A run of five straight goals to close first half vaults them to LEC victory

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team scored the final five goals of the first half and went on to a 16-11 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Mike Devine (Dom Gouch photo)

For Eastern (7-5, 4-0 Little East), senior attack Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) had four goals and sophomore midfielder Tyler Fresen (Newington) three goals and four assists and senior goalie Jamie Tommins  (Fairfield) stopped 11 shots in net. Last year, UMass Dartmouth (8-3, 2-1 Little East) became the only team other than Keene State to defeat the Warriors in 11 years of LEC regular-season competition.

Neither team led by more than a goal until the Warriors exploded for five straight goals over the final eight mintues of the first half to move out to a 10-5 halftime lead. The lead never dipped below four over the final 30 minutes.  Sullinger scored two of the five straight goals and Fresen had a goal and assist in that run.

Sophomore attack Adam Niden  scored twice on his team-leading 16 shots for the Corsairs and freshman defensemen Matt Niden, junior defenseman Ryan Holbrook and  sophomore defenseman Steve Tarpey combined for 13 ground balls.

UMass, which snapped a 14-game losing skid at the hands of Eastern last year, has dropped two straight after winning seven in a row. The Corsairs had allowed an average of 11 goals per game this year and never had given up more than 12.

Junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won 19 of 30 faceoffs and led the Warriors with 13 ground balls.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m.

Baseball: Porter Powers Warriors, 7-0

Against Valiants, he spaces four singles in career-high seven innings 

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 MANSFIELD, Conn. -  Sophomore righty Greg Porter (Mystic) scattered four singles over the first seven innings and sophomore second baseman Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) had two hits and drove in two runs as No. 15 ranked Eastern Connecticut State University won its sixth straight baseball game, 7-0, over Manhattanville College at the Eastern Baseball Stadium Wednesday night.

At right: Greg Porter

Porter (3-0) struck out  seven without a walk and junior righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) and senior righty Michael Hepple (Newington) completed Eastern's (22-6) second shutout of the season with one hitless inning apiece.

Eastern led 4-0 after three innings on the strength of O'Connell's first career home run - a two-run blast in the second - and an RBI single by senior leftfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and bases loaded walk in the third.

Sophomore DH Adam Roderick (West Hartford) had his team-leading 16th multiple-hit game of the year with a single and RBI double and sophomore rightfielder Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) also had two hits, scored a run and drove in one for Eastern.

In a career-high seven innings, Porter never allowed more than one hit in an inning. He surrendered a one-out single in the second, leadoff single in the third, two-out single in the fourth and one-out single in the seventh.

Sean Ferguson had two of Manhattanville's (12-15) hits.

Eastern hosts defending Little East Conference tournament champion Rhode Island College  Saturday in a noon doubleheader.

Softball: Warriors Streak Past Corsairs

They establish a program record with their 28th consecutive victory

akcer_72dpi_4190.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a complete-game six-inning one-hitter in the first game to lower her nation-leading ERA to 0.35 and the No. 3 ranked Eastern Connecticut State University women's softball team swept a Wednesday afternoon Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 8-0 in six innings and 6-2 to break the program's 24-year-old record for consecutive wins.

At right: Christine Akcer

Rathbun (18-1) won her 17th straight game in the opener with 13 strikeouts (moving to within 15 of 1,000 in her career) and no walks and junior righty Christine Akcer (Milford) won her second game in her last two appearances as the Warriors posted their 28th straight win, breaking the mark set by the 1988 regional championship team.

Ranked No. 1 in New England, Eastern avenged its only loss of the season three days ago when Rathbun tossed a perfect game in a 4-0 victory over Tufts University. Earlier Wednesday, Rathbun was selected as the Division III Player-of-the-Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association.

Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) extended her program record by hitting in her 21st straight with two hits and two RBI in the opener and one hit (a three-run triple) in the second game. She doubled twice and tripled in the doubleheader.

Akcer (five innings) and junior righty Kassondra Silva (Hamden) combined on six-hitter in the second game. Each spaced three hits and fanned two.

In the doubleheader, junior infielder Kelly Paterson (Southington) drove in three runs and scored two with two hits and sophomore second baseman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) and Cooper each had three hits. Tamindzija doubled twice and scored  two runs with an RBI. Senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) had a hit to move to within seven of establishing a career hit record.

Eastern (29-1, 8-0 Little East) has won 34 of its last 36 regular-season conference games. UMass Dartmouth is 8-16 overall, 3-5 in the LEC)

W-Lax: Warriors Crush Corsairs, 14-5

They even their Little East record at 2-2 by ending three-game skid

conn72_7479.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The  Eastern Connecticut State University defense never allowed the  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  to score as many as two goals in a row in downing the Corsairs for the 11th straight time, 14-5, in a Little East Conference match Tuesday night

At right: Erin Conn

Eastern (9-6, 2-2 Little East) ends a three-game losing streak with its 18th win over UMass in this 21-game series.

The Warriors were never headed after scoring the first three goals, then wrapped up the victory by scoring the final three. UMass (5-8, 0-3 Little East) was never allowed to score as many as two successive goals and was limited to only two goals in the first half.

Senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored four of her season-high five goals in the first half and added three assists ini the game for a season-high eight points, and sophomore attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) had three goals and two assists and won eight draws in the match.  Junior midfielder  Daniela Marchitto (Orange) netted her conference-leading 45th and 46th goals of the season.

Senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) was credited with three first-half saves and senior Amber Petrizzo (Plainville) made two saves and gave up only one goal over the final 21 minutes.

Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 3 p.m. on Seniors' Day and closes out the regular season Wednesday with a conference game at Western Connecticut at 4 p.m.

Baseball: Warriors Topple Western, 14-4

After slow start, Dimon settles down and is backed by 15-hit attack

soler72dpi_0359.jpgDANBURY, Conn. -- The first four batters all scored runs for the Western Connecticut State University baseball team, which  didn't' score again in Eastern Connecticut State University's 14-4 Little East Conference victory Tuesday afternoon at Westside Field.

At left: Armando Soler (Amanda Palmieri photo)

Eastern's (21-6, 6-2 Little East) win, coupled with road losses by Keene State College and the University of Southern Maine, pull the Warriors even with Keene atop the Little East standings and drops Southern Maine a game back in the race for the regular-season title and No. 1 tournament seed.

It marks the fourth straight year that the teams have split the regular-season conference series, with the Warriors needing to win in the back-end of the home-and-home series for the third time in four years to salvage a split. Western (10-17, 1-7 Little East) downed Eastern, 10-9, a week ago in Mansfield.

Facing Western starter David Alarcon for the second time in a week, Eastern  scored three runs in the third on four hits, three more in the fourth on junior first baseman Joe Balowski's (Berlin) three-run home run, then chased the senior righty in the fifth  by scoring two more on three hits to move out toan 8-4 lead. The Warriors put the game away in a five-run eighth inning when they had sent ten batters to the plate and collected five hits. Sophomore catcher and leadoff hitter Adam Roderick (West Hartford) capped the inning with a two-run double after sophomore pinch hitter Mitch Plourde (Ellington) walked in a run, sophomore third baseman Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) drove in another on an infield error, and No. 9 hitter Armando Silver (Hartford) plated one with a single.

Senior righty Jim Dimon (Seymour) won his second game in two decisions. In his sixth start, he overcame a rocky first inning (the first six batters reached safely) to pitch six shutout innings the rest of the way. In the game, he allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks and fanned six.

Eastern improved its team batting average to .326 with 15 hits off five Western pitchers. Balowski,and senior leftfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) each had three hits, with Balowski driving in three runs and scoring three. Roderick reached safely with two hits and a walk in upping his team-leading average to .422.  Cammuso scored twice and drove in two runs, as did Soler. Soler, junior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) and sophomore DH T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) all joined Roderick with two hits each.

Eastern hosts defending LEC tournament champion Rhode Island College in a noon doubleheader Saturday at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Softball: Comeback Nets 7-0, 5-4 Sweep

Cooper breaks 23-year-old record for consecutive games with hit

cooper 72dpi_0024.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- National earned run average leader Molly Rathbun (Hebron) struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) broke the program record for consecutive games with a hit as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team extended its winning streak to 26 with 7-0, 5-4 wins over the U.S. coast Guard Academy Tuesday night at the Eastern Softball Field.

Above: Arielle Cooper set a program record by hitting in her 19th straight game Tuesday in the second game against Coast Guard. (Amanda Palmieri photo)

A senior, Rathbun (17-1) won her 16th straight decision with a complete-game two-hitter in the opener for her 42nd career shutout, then fanned two in a scoreless seventh in the nightcap for her fourth save. Rathbun lowered her national-leading ERA to 0.38. She also entered the week ranked second nationally in least hits allowed per game (2.86),  and was third in strikeouts per game (11.4) and shutouts (7) and fifth in total strikeouts (167).

Cooper tied current assistant coach Tammy Schondelmayer's program record for consecutive games with a hit with a second-inning single in the opener and broke the record by tripling in the first inning of the nightcap - her 19th straight game with a hit. In those 19 games, Cooper is batting (.476) with five home runs and 53 total bases. Twelve times in 19 games she had exactly one hit.

Cooper, Rathbun, sophomore Mattie Brett (Wateford), and freshman Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) all had three of Eastern's (27-1) two-game total of 20 hits. Cooper, Martin, sophomore Megan Godwin (Manchester) and freshman Sam Rossetti (Shelton) each drove in two runs and Cooper and senior Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) both scored three runs.

 Eastern scored five runs in the first two innings of the opener, with Alicea, Martin (2) and Godwin all driving in runs. Rossetti also plated a pair in the fourth with a single.

In the second game, Coast Guard (18-14) first-game loser  Catherine Walker pitched three scoreless innings and the Bears led 4-1 before the Warriors scored once in the fourth and four in the fifth on five hits and two errors to go ahead. Cooper plated the first two win a single, sophomore Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and Godwin delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out RBI single.

 Junior Christine Akcer (Milford) allowed one run on four hits in relief of junior starter Kassondra Silva (Hamden) to record her first win in her first decision this year. Akcer fanned three without a walk.

Sophomore Kaitlin Ward had three of Coast Guard's nine hits in the opener. Ward and freshman Kelsey Gray each drove in two runs.

Coast Guard is playing without All-America pitcher Hayley Feindel, who is out with a broken finger.

Eastern needs two wins to break the program record of 27, set in 1988. The Warriors visit UMass Dartmouth Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader.

Baseball: Darby, Warriors Down Trinity

Lefty dominant again in third start as Warriors are helped to 11-1 win

riemerslide72dpi_0436.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team scored six unearned runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 11-1 victory over Trinity College Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Mike Riemer slides safely into second base in the fifth inning of Monday's 11-1 win over Trinity College at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. (Amanda Palmieri photo)

A winner of eight of ten at home this year, No. 15 ranked Eastern (20-6) has won four straight. Ranked 29th, Trinity had won 14 of its previous 15 games entering play but lost for the third time in as many years to Eastern. The teams share third place in the most recent New England poll.

Leading 2-0, Eastern scored four runs in the second on five hits but was helped by a passed ball on an inning-opening strikeout and an infield throwing error

Eastern senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI)  gained his third win without a loss by pitching a career-high seven innings, allowing only one run on two hits and five  walks while fanning seven. Since taking over as a starter in his last three appearances, Darby has pitched at least five full innings each time. He has 20 strikeouts and has allowed 12 hits (nine singles) with a 1.00 ERA.

Trinity's nine errors led to ten unearned runs, with the Bantams managing a total of only four hits off Darby and sophomore righties Michael Pendergast (Farmington) and Jon Blair (Waterford).

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Sophomore leadoff hitter Adam Roderick (West Hartford) achieved his team-leading tenth multiple-hit game with three singles in a 14-hit attack which produced 13 singles. He also drove in three runs and scored two.  Senior leftfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had three hits and drove in two runs. Cammuso has raised his average nearly 100 points to .252 since March 23. Sophomore infielder Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) hit safely in his 17th straight game with a second-inning single and junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) had two hits and two RBI.

It marks the 41st straight year under 44th-year head coach Bill Holowaty that Eastern has won at least 20 games.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

Softball: Pitching P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N

Rathbun doesn't allow a baserunner in 4-0 victory over No. 1 Tufts

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WATCH: Molly Rathbun talks about the perfect game. (3:56)

WELLESLEY, Mass. -  Sunday was a perfect day for Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team.

And the summer-like weather was only a small part of the reason.

At left: Molly Rathbun unleashes the final pitch of her masterpiece Sunday against Tufts...

Against Tufts University -- the No.1-ranked team in New England -- Rathbun avenged her and the team's only loss of the year by firing only the second perfect game in program history, and drove in the first three runs with a home run and two-run double to lead the Warriors past the Jumbos, 4-0 at Wellesley College.

Eastern (25-1), ranked second in New England and third in Division III, won its 24th straight game (three behind the program record) later in the day with an 11-2, five-inning victory over Wellesley College.

Rathbun (16-1)  won her 15th straight game by avenging her only loss of the season against Tufts (24-4), ranked 11th nationally and 20th in Division III with a team .352 batting average. Rathbun fired her first perfect game and eighth career no-hitter (second all-time in program history) by retiring all 21 batters in order. She fanned seven and allowed only two balls out of the infield, both off the bat of junior Emily Beinecke who flew out to sophomore centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) to end the fourth and to senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) to end the game.

aliceafinalout72dpi_0273.jpgRathbun  needed only 76 pitches over an hour and 35 minutes to dispose of the Jumbos, who had beaten Rathbun and the Warriors, 4-2, on March 19 in Clermont, FL in Rathbun's first start of the season.  Sunday, she did not throw as many as three balls to any batter, throwing only 17  in all.

Above Rightfielder Priscilla Alicea secures the final out of Molly Rathbun's perfect game.

On Saturday, Rathbun carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against UMass Boston before settling for a one-hit victory. Only one of Rathbun's  last 50 batters have managed a hit.

Rathbun drove in the only run she would need with a two-out solo home run in the first inning - her first of the season and 24th of her career -- then made it 3-0 with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth. Sophomore shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) drove in the final run with a two-out single in the sixth.

Against Wellesley (12-14), Eastern scored six times in the first inning to back the pitching of junior Kassondra Silva (Hamden), who won her eighth decision without a loss by limiting the Blue to four hits over four innings.

Godwin, Brett and junior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) all drove in two runs against Wellesley

Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had a one-out, RBI double in the third inning against Wellesley to extend her hitting streak to 17, one shy of the program record set 23 years ago by current assistant coach Tammy Schondelmayer. Rathbun singled in the first inning against Wellesley to stretch her hitting streak to 13.

Until Sunday, the only perfect game in the program's 36-year history was thrown by Julie Bacher against Rowan University on March 18, 1985 in a 3-0 Eastern win. Rathbun had faced the minimum 18 batters in an 11-0, six-inning win over Rhode Island College in the second round of last year's NCAA tournament, but had to settle for a no-hitter due to a leadoff infield error in the second inning. The next batter hit into a double play, started by Rathbun.

In two games against Eastern this year, Tufts has opted to hold back freshman pitching sensation Allyson Fournier, who brought an  11-0 record with a 0.50 ERA, 120 strikeouts and only 15 walks into Sunday's games..

Eastern hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Tuesday in a 4 p.m. doubleheader. Rathbun and the Warriors had won the 2010 NCAA regional tournament at Wellesleyy with a 1-0 victory over Coast Guard.

 

 

 


 


 

Baseball: Eastern Shakes Plymouth

Pitching, timely hitting lift Warriors to 5-2, 8-2 Little East sweep

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Mike Riemer (at left)

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Mike Riemer (Ellington) had three doubles among his four hits and drove in six runs and starting pitchers Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) allowed only two runs on nine hits over 13 innings as Eastern Connecticut State University swept a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader from Plymouth State University, 5-2 and 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Panther Park.

In his third start, Chamberlain (3-0) pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks in the first game, and Riemer lashed a bases-clearing double with two out in the eighth. In the second game, Merritt (2-1) pitched the first six shutout innings in his first start in over two weeks, fanning four and giving up three hits and one walk.

In the second game, Eastern broke open a tight game by erupting for four runs in the ninth. The Warriors batted around in the inning, collecting five hits (three doubles). Riemer contributed a two-run double, sophomore T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) belted a pinch RBI double, and No. 3 hitter Joe Balowski (Berlin) contributed a run-scoring single.

With the sweep, Eastern (19-6, 5-2 Little East) maintains a share of second place in the conference with the University of Southern Maine, which swept Western Connecticut. Keene won a pair over Rhode Island College to keep a one-game lead of Eastern and Southern Maine.

Since moving into a starting role, Chamberlain is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. He has fanned 14 and walked one in those three starts.

Sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) had two hits in each game and has now had a hit in his last 16 games. Batting leadoff, sophomore Adam Roderick (West Hartford) had a hit in the opener and two in the nightcap and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and in all but three games this season.

Senior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and Balowski each also chipped in three hits, Cammuso also walking and scoring three times.

Plymouth (10-14, 1-6 Little East)  got stellar starting pitching in the second game from Bobby Chatfield,  who allowed only one earned run on six hits but did not figure in the decision as he left the game with the score tied after six innings.
           

Softball: Warriors Overwhelm Boston

Rathbun fans 17 in one-hit opener; Cooper's hitting streak at 15

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BOSTON, Mass. - Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) settled for a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts after throwing  a perfect game through six innings and junior Kassondra Silva (Hamden) tossed a five-hitter in the nightcvap for her second straight shutout as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team extended its winning streak to 22 with a 6-0, 7-0 Little East Conference sweep of the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field.

At right: Megan Godwin

Ranked N o. 3 nationally, Eastern (23-1, 6-0 Little East) has won 32 of its last 34 conference games over three seasons and remains unbeaten up north in 12 outings. UMass (13-11, 1-5 Little East) managed six hits and two walks and fanned 20 times in the twinbill.

In the doubleheader, junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic), sophomore shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) and Rathbun each had four hits, with Silva and senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) collecting three each. Godwin homered, drove in four runs and scored two and Silva plated three runs.

Rathbun, who has twice fanned a program record 18 in a game, struck out the first seven batters in the opener and later fanned four in a row before leadoff hitterSue Killilea tripled leading off the seventh inning. Rathbun left her stranded with two strikeouts and a popup to first.

Batting ninth, Godwin was 4-for-4 with three RBI and hit her first home run of the year in the first game, while Cooper and Alicea each recorded three hits in Eastern's 15-hit attack in Game 1.  In the nightcap, Rathbun and Silva each had two hits in the Warriors' seven-hit attack. Cooper, the leadoff hitter, singled leading off the second game to extend her hitting streak to 15 - three shy of current assistant coach Tammy Schondelmayer's program record, set 23 years ago. Rathbun is had a hit in her last 11 games.

Rathbun (14-1) has won 13 straight this year and is unbeaten in her last 36 regular-season northern decisions, and improved to 85-12 lifetime with 951 strikeouts in 654.0 innings.  Silva (7-0) gave up five hits and two walks in the second game on the way to her second shutout in the last two starts and upped her career record at Eastern to 9-1.

Ranked No. 2 in New England, Eastern faces Tufts University (1 p.m.) and Wellesley College (3 p.m.) Sunday at Wellesley, MA. Tufts ,ranked first in New England is the only team to beat Eastern this year, posting a 4-2 victory in the Warriors' second game of the year March 19 at Clermont, FL.

M-Lax: Warriors Withstand Upset Bid

Eastern rebounds from early four-goal deficit in 13-9 LEC win

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University erased an early four-goal deficit and emerged with a 13-9 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University in a battle of early-season men's lacrosse conference unbeatens Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Salieu Bolivar (34) saved his only goal of the match for the right time in Saturday's 13-9 LEC win over Plymouth State. (Tim Seidl photo)

Eastern (6-5, 3-0 Little East) handed Plymouth (8-2, 2-1 Little East) its first loss since the Panthers dropped a 12-10 season-opener decision at the University of New England. Eastern won for the sixth straight time against Plymouth.

Trailing 5-1, Eastern answered with four straight goals to pull even with 6:35 left in the first half, and took the lead for good by scoring the final four goals of the match over the last 7:36.  Senior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) beat Plymouth senior goalie Jack Tyo ) with a high, hard shot - his only goal of the match -- to give the Warriors the lead for good, 10-9, with 7:36 left, sophomore midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) followed 37 seconds later third of the game and sophomore midfieler Tyler Fresen (Newington) scored two insurance goals  1:34 apart in the final five minutes.

Plymouth scored four first-qarter goals on nine shots, but was held to only five goals the rest of the way. Eastern's five-goal second quarter pulled it even at six-all at halftime and its six-goal fourth quarter overcame a one-goal deficit after three quarters.

Eastern senior goalie Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) made nine saves and Tyo seven.
Eastern junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) raised season percentage to .616 by winning 21 of 26. He scrooped up 15 ground balls.

Seven different players combined for Plymouth's goals, with team point leader Ty Long, a junior midfielder, and junior midfielder Stephen Patch netting two each. Patch scored consecutive goals late in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead and contributed to four of his team's first five goals by scoring two and assisting on two.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

W-Lax: Plymouth Rolls Past Warriors

Panthers end seven-game slide against Eastern with 13-8 LEC victory

marchitto72psu_9691.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The top-ranked defensive team in the Little East conference, Plymouth State University held its opponent to single-digit goals for the ninth straight time in posting its ninth straight victory, 13-8, over five-time defending regular-season conference champion Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Daniela Marchitto unleashes this free-position shot in the first half of Saturday's 13-8 loss to Plymouth State. (Tim Seidl photo)

Plymouth (9-1, 2-0 Little East) won its ninth road match, snapping a seven-match losing streak at the hands of Eastern (8-6, 1-2 Little East). The Warriors have lost their last three and have lost more than one regular-season LEC match for only the second time in 12 years of competition.

Starting six freshmen in front of sophomore goalie Lorin Field, Plymouth broke from a 2-2 tie seven minutes into play by scoring four straight goals and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. Freshman attacks Shannon Connerty and Meghan McNabb combined for nine of the Panthers' goals, with junior midfielder Caitlin Swanson adding three goals. McNabb went over the 30-goal mark for the season with four goals and reached the 30-assist mark with three.

Freshman center  Molly Gleason won 13 of 24 faceoffs, winning seven of those draws herself. Field, the LEC leader with a .554 save percentage, stopped nine shots. He allowed seven goals, with senior backup Ally Baribault give up one after being inserted while Field served a two-minute penalty in the opening minutes of the second half.

With the score tied 2-2 seven minutes into play, Plymouth struck three times in a one-minute span and converted four straight in all to take control with a 6-2 lead midway through the frame. The Warriors were never able to score more than one I a row the rest of the way.  Connerty scored two of those four goals and McNabb had a goal and assist.

Senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield)  and junior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) - Eastern's top two scorers - each had two goals and Prizio also contributed an assist. First-year sophomore midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) also scored twice for the Warriors and won three of five faceoffs.

Senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen  (Shelton) stopped five shots over the first 43 minutes, giving up 12 goals.

Plymouth is the winningest post-season team in LEC history, having won the first three titles and four in all in six trips to the title game. The Panthers last won a championship in 2006. Eastern has reached the title game nine times, Plymouth is 3-1 against the Warriors in conference tournament championship games, the teams last meeting in the final in 2007 in a game won by Eastern.

Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m.

M-Track: Eight Win Events at Invite

lochard72dpi_9618.jpgFreshman Kevin Lochard (at left) ran the second leg of Eastern Connecticut State University's winning 4x400 meter relay Friday at the Eastern Invitational. Trinity College and Manhattanville College joined Eastern in the non-scoring meet at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. All four runners in the relay are newcomers to the program, among them freshman leadoff runner D'Vonte Chambers, freshman Dylan Kruppa and sophomore anchor Fredrick Hewett.  Chambers qualified for next month's New England Division III Championships with a winning time of 11.40 in the 100 meters. Hewett won the 200 and 400, qualifying for the ECAC Division III Championships next month with a time of 49.94 in the latter event. Additional winners included freshman Steven Strauss in the discus, Kruppa in the long jump, sophomore Mark Jolley in the high jump, and freshmen Lee Cattanach at 1,500 meters, Austin Baldour at 5,000 meters, and Luisantonio Rosado in the hurdles.

W-Track: Two Records Fall at Invite

 

gingras72dpiinvite_9435.jpgJunior Cora Gingras (at right) and sophomore Lauren Hultzman broke Eastern Connecticut State University women's outdoor track and field records Friday at the Eastern Invitational non-scoring meet which included Trinity College, Manhattanville College and Mount Holyoke College. Gingras broke Summer Williams' 11-year old record with a mark of 35-4 in the triple jump and also qualified for the New England Division III meet in the hurdles. Hultzman broke her own program record in the high jump set last year in the New England Open with a height of 5-5 Friday. In the meet, Gingras won the long jump and hurdles, Hultzman the high jump, sophomore Amy Huhn the pole vault and senior Amanda Quinones the 5,000. Quinones' time of 18:38.62 in that event qualified her for the Division III New England and ECAC championship meets next month.

Softball: No. 3 Warriors Jump Judges

Eastern remains unbeaten up north with 6-3, 9-0 victories; streak at 20

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MANFIELD, Conn. - Senior pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and junior pitcher Kassondra Silva (Hamden) each went the distance, allowing only one earned run while fanning 17 and walking two as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept Brandeis University, 6-3, 9-0 in five innings Thursday night at the Eastern Softball Field.

At right: Kassondra Silva

Rathbun (14-1) won her 13th straight decision  in the opener, fanning 13 and walking one and allowing four hits. Silva (6-0) threw her first shutout of the season, second of her two-year career, giving up two hits with four strikeouts and a walk as Eastern extended its winning streak to 20 with its 11th and 12th straight northern victories.

Eastern (21-1) had 14 hits against three Brandeis (15-11) pitchers. Rathbun improved to 3-0 lifetime against the Judges, whom she defeated as a sophomore in the regular season once and in a shutout in the NCAA Division III regional tournament at Wellesley, Mass.
Ranked No.3 in Division III, Eastern moved to within seven of tying the program's all-time consecutive winning streak, set in 1988.

In the doubleheader, Rathbun drove in seven runs with three hits and a sacrifice fly; Silva, junior infielder Kelly Paterson (Southington), junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) and freshman outfielder Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) each had two hits. Cooper also walked three times scored three runs. Sophomore shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) reached three times with walks and scored three runs and drove in a pair, as did Paterson.
Senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) doubled leading off the sixth inning of the opener for her 177th career hit, which moves her into a share of second place, 15 behind all-time leader Leanne Shoop.

Senior first baseman Marianne Specker collected three of her team's six hits.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference twinbill.

W-Lax: It's Camels... by a Hair, 12-11

 Warriors rally from early deficit, score final four goals in loss

ibsen 72dpi_5745.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team took only two shots over the final seven minutes after Eastern Connecticut State University pulled to within a goal and was able to hold on for a 12-11 non-conference victory Thursday evening at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Kristianna Ibsen

Eastern (8-5) allowed the first four goals of the match and trailed by five 12 minutes into action but battled back in the second half, outscoring Conn (5-7) by three in the second half. Trailing by five, Eastern scored the final four goals of the match over a nine-minute span but was unable to score the equalizer over the final seven minutes.

Trailing by one in the final minutes, Eastern had a goal called back and also hit the post. After pulling to within 12-11 on junior midfielder Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) fifth goal of the match (42nd of the season), Eastern senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made two saves on free-position shots. After the first one, Eastern sophomore attack Kelsea Burkhardt (Old Saybrook) slammed one off the post. After Ibsen stopped another free position shot on Conn's next possession, the Warriors turned the ball over and freshman midfielder Cecily Cushman scooped up the ground ball and the visitors were able to maintain possession the rest of the way.

The one-goal loss was the second in the last five meetings between the programs. The Warriors were beaten, 17-3, a year ago for their eighth traight loss in the series.

Eastern sophomore Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won 14 of 24 faceoffs against three different opponents and came up with a team-high seven ground balls. Behind Marchitto, senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored three goals - all in the second half.

Sophomore attack Lowell Abbott led Conn with five goals and senior midfielder Katelyn Driscoll had two goals, two assists and won three draws. Sophomore midfielder Izzy Marx won a team-high four draws.

Ibsen made nine saves - six in the second half - and surrendered only one goal on Conn's six free-position attempts. Conn junior Kelsey Burke stopped three Eastern shots.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in a 1 p.m. Little East Conference match Saturday.

M-Track: Miller Betters Own Record

At  Elmer Swanson meet, Kruppa and two relays win events

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Junior Nick Miller (Norwich) cut more than ten seconds off his Eastern Connecticut State University men's outdoor track and field record at 3,000 meters Saturday at the Elmer Swanson Invitational hosted by Wesleyan University Saturday at the Andersen Track.

Above: Nick Miller and Amanda Quinones both broke their own records Saturday.

In the four-team, non-scoring meet, Miller finished third in a field of seven in a time of 9:23.44, bettering by over ten seconds his previous record set on the same track last April 9.
Freshman Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) won at 400 meters in a time of 52.32, outracing a field of seven other competitors. Eastern's relays both recorded firsts. The 4x100 was timed in 44.25 to outrun one other team and the 4x400 was timed in 3:31.54 in a field of three.

Sophomore Fredrick Hewett (New London), who was second in the 100 (missing ECAC qualification by .02) and third in the 200, ran both relays, as did Kruppa and sophomore Michael Singletary (Hartford).  Freshman D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) contributed to the winning 4x100 and freshman Kevin Lochard (Stamford) ran a leg of the victorious 4x400.

Other top performances included Chambers' fourth-place finish in a field of 11 at 200 meters, and Lochard's second-place showing among seven at 1,500 meters.

Eastern hosts its own invitational Friday at 3:30 p.m.

W-Track: Quinones Record-Breaker

In four-team meet, Eastern wins five events at Elmer Swanson Invite

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.MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --  Senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) broke her own Eastern Connecticut State University women's outdoor track and field record at 1,500 meters as one of five individuals to win events Saturday at the Elmer Swanson Invitational hosted by Wesleyan University Saturday at the Andersen Track.

At left: Amanda Quinones

Quinones broke by only a quarter-second the record she set last year at the Eastern Invitational, outrunning seven competitors in a time of 4:57.91 in the four-team, non-scoring meet.

Others winning events were junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and sophomores Tacia Bryant (Guilford), Amy Huhn (Hebron) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam).

Gingras competed in six events - five of them were field events - and out-measured one competitor in the triple jump with a mark of 34-1 12. Bryant won the long jump in a field of seven with a mark of 15-5 ½, and Huhn the pole vault in a field of four with a mark of 10-2. Also competing in five events, Hultzman captured the high jump among four competitors with a height of 5-1.

Eastern hosts its own invitational Friday at 3:30 p.m.

M-Lax: Cardinals Vanquish Warriors

Eastern is shut out for first 39 minutes in 9-3 setback to Wesleyan

brown 727249.jpgMIDDLETOWN, Conn.  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team entered Wednesday's intra-regional match with Wesleyan University averaging over 11 goals a match. That average took a beating after the Cardinals shut the Warriors out for the first 39 minutes and came away with a 9-3 victory.

At left: Chris Brown

Eastern (5-5) lost for the fourth time in its last five road matches after Wesleyan's (8-2) five-goal second quarter proved to be the difference in the Cardinals' third straight victory over Eastern in this series.

For their part, the Warriors defense gave up more than two goals in a quarter only once against the Cardinals, but couldn't get untracked after the hosts' five-goal second quarter gave them a 6-0 advantage at the break.

Wesleyan won for the fifth time in as many contests at home this season and returned to the win column after a five-match win streak went by the boards in an 11-5 loss at Colby College Saturday.

The Cardinals took the lead for good on the first point of the game by senior DJ Bernatavitz as he converted a shot from the right side off a pass from senior Max Landow into the only goal of the first quarter with 9:16 to go.  Bernatavitz added three points in the second quarter as Wesleyan tacked on five goals to hold a 6-0 lead at halftime.  Bernatavitz fed sophomore Aidan Daniell for his first of two goals in the stanza at the 12:54 mark.  Then long-pole junior Brendan Hanley scored from long range eight seconds later to make it 3-0.  Landow took a pass from Bernatavitz on a fast break and scored from in front to make it 4-0 at the 8:41 mark.  The next two Cardinal goals both came during a man-up situation with Daniell and Bernatavitz doing the honors.  Daniell leads Wesleyan in scoring on the year with 22 points (13-9-22).

Wesleyan was awarded the first seven extra-man tries in the match - all six in the first half and the first of the second - and capitalized on three of those opportunites. Eastern couldn't take advantage of six man-up opportunies, including a one-minute, two-man advantage in the second quarter when it trailed by five.

The teams scored evenly over the final two periods with each netting a pair in the third quarter and one in the final frame.  Eastern sophomore midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) had a goal and an assist for the Warriors,  but potted only one of a team-high 11 chances.

Facing four different opponents, Eastern junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won eight of 16 attempts and matched sophomore defenseman Chris Brown (Cohasset, MA) with seven ground balls.

Team scoring leader Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) ended Eastern's scoring drought with 6:05 left in the third period after Wesleyan had scored the first seven goals.

Eastern also got a goal from sophomore long-pole Mike Fanning (Norwell, MA). Wesleyan's final three goals came from senior John Froats, sophomore Graham Macnab and sophomore Remy Lieberman.

Eastern  senior Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) followed up Saturday's 16-save performance in a home win over Keene State with 15 more Wednesday.

The match was the first for Eastern at Wesleyan since 2009, when the Cardinals emerged from a second-round NCAA tournament game with a slim 8-4 decision.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at 4 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. 

Baseball: Eastern Bounces Bears, 19-7

Darby improves to 2-0 as a starter; O'Connell  extends hitting streak to 14

cammuso72dpibsu_9036.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University backed senior lefty Tom Darby's (Middletown, RI) second win in as many career starts with a 20-hit attack in a 19-7 non-conference baseball win over Bridgewater State University Wednesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: This second-inning two-run double by Steve Cammuso gave the Warriors an early lead in Wednesday's 19-7 victory. (Marc Sylvain photo).

After coming out of the bullpen in his first ten career appearances, Darby (2-0) has won both of his career decisions as a starter in his last two appearances. Against Bridgewater, Darby fanned six and walked two and allowed one run on five hits over the first six innings.

Ranked No. 15 nationally, Eastern (17-6) had runs in every inning after the first and finished with a season-high 20 hits - its ninth straight game of at least ten. Trailing 16-1, Bridgewater State (15-12) scored six of its runs in the seventh on four hits, two errors and two walks.

Both teams had qualified for last year's NCAA Division III tournament on an at-large basis.

In the middle three innings, Eastern scored 12 runs (eight unearned) on ten hits and four Bears' errors on the way to its seventh home win in nine decisions. Bridgewater had won its last six decisions, the last five coming at home.

Six of Eastern's hits went for extra bases and the Warriors also benefited six walks from three Bridgewater pitchers who had combined for only nine innings pitched all season.

Batting leadoff and catching for only the second time this year,  sophomore Adam Roderick (West Hartford) reached safely four times with three hits - including a double - drove in two runs and scored three. Batting eighth, senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA)  hit safely for the sixth time in the last seven games by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. He also walked once.

Sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA), who started at second base after 67 career starts at shortstop, extended his hitting streak to 14 with singles in his first two at-bats. Also contributing two hits each were sophomores Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) and T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) and freshmen Kyle Hart (Guilford) and Armando Soler (Hartford).  Lavallee drove in two runs with a pinch two-run double (this year, he is 5-for-9 with five RBI) and Soler, starting at shortstop, had a pair of RBI singles, scored four runs, and handled six fielding chances without an error. Sophomore Kyle Tehan (Oakville) drove in his first career run with a ground ball, junior Joe Balowski (Berlin) swatted his first homem run of the year with a runner aboard in the fourth, and freshman Brent Pellela (Southbury) recorded his first career hit in his second at-bat.

Bridgewater No. 3 hitter David Pierce, a junior first baseman, had four of his team's ten hits (two doubles), scored two runs and drove in one.

Eastern  visits Plymouth State University Saturday in a noon Little East Conference doubleheader.


 

Softball: Freshmen Contribute in Sweep

Warriors run winning streak to 18th by dumping Trinity College, 5-0, 9-6

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MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team won its 17th and 18th straight games Tuesday night with 5-0, 9-6 triumphs over Trinity College at the Eastern Softball Field.

Eastern's (19-1) winning streak is the second-longest in program history  behind the record 27-game streak set by the 1988 team which won its first  24 northern games and finished 35-7.

Senior right-hander Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 12th straight decision and 13th in 14 decisions this year with her fifth shutout of the season in the opener, then struck out two in the seventh inning of the nightcap for her third save to preserve the first collegiate win of freshman righty Erin Miller (Waterford). In the doubleheader, Rathbun fanned 13 in eight shutout innings and allowed five hits and one walk for Eastern, ranked No. 4 nationally.

In her third collegiate appearance, Miller relieved  junior starter Kassondra Silva (Hamden)  in the  third inning of the nightcap while Trinity (8-11) was scoring thre runs to cut a five-run deficit to two. Miller allowed four hits, three walks and three runs (one eanred) in 3 2/3 innings.

In the sweep which keeps Eastern unbeaten in six home games this year on its new facility, freshman Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) had three hits and knocked  in three runs in her first two career starts with a two-run single in the opener and a ground ball which plated one run in Eastern's three-run first inning in the second game. Junior Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) also had three hits, including a double and triple, scored three runs and drove in two.  Junior Arielle Cooper (Mystic)  had two hits, including a triple, and plated two runs and scored two. Freshman Jacqui Alvarado (Bay Shore, NY) , and sophomores Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) and Mattie Brett (Waterford) also contributed two hits and Miller plated two key runs with a single in the sixth inning  of the second game after the Bantams had pulled to within 7-6.

In addition to Miller, Alicea and Cooper both plated two runs in a second game where the Bantams twice cut into the Warriors' early five-run lead by scoring three times in the third and three times in the sixth.  In the second game, Alicea walked and scored in a three-run first inning,  drove in a run with a single in a two-run second, and tripled in a run and scored in a two-run fourth. Cooper tripled in the first two runs of the game and scored the third in the first inning of Game 2.

Abigail Ostrom and Kerry McCarthy each had four hits for Trinity, which has lost its last eight to Eastern. Christina Galese had three hits and scored twice.

Through games of Sunday, Rathbun ranked second nationally in ERA and least hits per game, and third in strikeouts per game and Cooper was rated ninth in home runs per game.

Eastern hosts Brandeis University Thursday at 4 p.m. in a doubleheader.

Baseball: Western Slams Eastern, 10-9

Warriors battle back to tie game three times but are victims of grand slam

oconnell 72dpiforwcsu_8131.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior Zack Dandrea slammed a tie-breaking grand slam with one out in the top of the eighth inning  that carried the Western Connecticut State University baseball team to its first Little East Conference win of the year, a 10-9 decision over No. 15 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Danny O'Connell -- 13-game hitting streak

Western (10-14, 1-4 Little East) never trailed after junior Bill Eannotti hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, but Eastern (16-6, 3-2 Little East) battled back to tie the game twice before Dandrea unloaded his team-leading sixth home run of the season with one out in the eighth inning to give the Colonials a 10-6 lead. The homer was the third of the game for Western, which has 26 roundtrippers this season.

Down 10-6, Eastern got one back on sophomore Adam Roderick's  (West Hartford) first home run at Eastern leading off the eighth and scored twice in the ninth on sophomore pinch hitter Gavin Lavallee's (New Milford)  two-run single to make it 10-9. With the tying and winning runs aboard, however, junior reliever Chris Alberto - who started the game at third base -- recorded his second save by getting a long fly ball to left and a routine fly to center to give Western its second win over Eastern in the last two meetings.

Trailing 6-4, Eastern scored twice in the seventh on three straight hits and had the go-ahead run on third with none out, but freshman Joe Fedak  replaced starter Dave Alarcon and got a pair of called strikeouts and an inning-ending fly ball to right.

The heart of the Western order - Conor Bierfeldt, Dandrea, Bill Eannotti and Kyle Savo -- combined for ten hits, nine RBI, seven runs and 19 total bases. Bierfeldt gave Western a 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run, Eannotti belted a two-run home run in the fourth to put the Colonials into a 3-2 lead, and Savo plated a run in a two-run seventh inning that gave the visitors a 6-4 advantage.

Sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with four hits for Eastern, while sophomores Roderick, Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield), and T.J. Larivee  (Salem, MA) each collected three in the Warriors' 19-hit attack. Junior Mike Riemer (Ellington) tripled to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth and Lynch had an RBI single in the third and run-scoring triple in Eastern's two-run seventh inning which tied the game 6-6.

Eastern hosts Bridgewater State University Wednesday at 4 p.m.

 

Little East: Four Are Weekly Awardees

Cooper, Rathbun in softball and Dubinsky, Sullinger in m-lacrosse cited

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Head softball coach Diana Pepin and players Arielle Cooper and Molly Rathbun will be guests on the Wayne Norman Show Tuesday morning on WILI Radio. LISTEN to the archived broadcast beginning at 11 a.m.

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Four Eastern Connecticut State University athletes in two sports have been recognized by the Little East Conference in its weekly spring awards program.

At left: Arielle Cooper became the program's first LEC Player-of-the-Week since 2010.

Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) became the softball program's first Player-of-the-Week since 2010 and senior pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) earned the 16th weekly honor of her career with her selection as softball Pitcher-of-the-Week for the third straight week.

In men's lacrosse, senior attack Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) and junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) were named the Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Week, respectively, for the second time in three weeks. Both were identically recognized in the second weekly report of the year March 19.

The softball teams is 17-1 (4-0 in the LEC) with a 16-game winning streak and is ranked No. 4 in Division III. The Warriors host Trinity College Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The men's lacrosse team is 5-4 (2-0 in the LEC) and visits Wesleyan University Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Both Eastern and Wesleyan received votes in this week's USILA Division III national poll.

Cooper batted .500 (9-of-18) in a 4-0 week for the Warriors, who swept LEC opponent Keene State College Saturday after taking two from Springfield College last Tuesday. and led the team with 18 total bases, three home runs, six runs scored and seven assists.  Cooper, previously honored once in her career (as Rookie-of-the-Week on May 3, 2010), extended her hitting streak to nine with consecutive three-hit games in a Little East Conference sweep of host Keene State College Saturday. The 2011 first-team all-conference third baseman socked her 18th and 19th career home runs in the second-game win against Keene. In a mid-week victory at Springfield College, she homered for her 100th career hit.

Cooper ranks  second in the LEC in home runs (6) and runs (20) and eighth in batting average(.415).

In Eastern's 4-0 week, Rathbun struck out 24 batters and walked only two without allowing an earned run and giving up only seven hits in 15 2/3 innings. The two-time LEC Pitcher-of-the-Year appeared in three games and completed both of her starts. Against Keene State Saturday Rathbun posted her 33rd straight regular-season conference victory (41-2 in her career), set the program career record for innings pitched, won her 11th straight game and improved her career record to 6-0 against Keene.  Rathbun also led Eastern during the week with a .538 batting average and team-high five RBI.

Rathbun leads the conference in virtually every pitching category, among them wins (12-1 record), ERA (0.48), strikeouts (117) and lowest opponent batting average (.128).
In 17 appearances this year, Rathbun has given up earned runs in only two games, pitching 43.0 consecutive innings without an earned run at one point (ten shy of her program record).

Two-time defending LEC regular-season champion Eastern was rated first in the conference coaches' pre-season poll, Keene second.

Sullinger contributed to half of Eastern's goals with five goals and two assists in a 14-11 Little East Conference home victory over Keene State College Saturday, ending the Owls' 19-match conference winning streak. The goal total equaled a career-high for Sullinger and the seven points is one behind his career best.

The team leader for Eastern this year with 38 points and 16 assists, Sullinger scored four of his goals in a span of 14 minutes beginning with three minutes left in the first half that triggered a run of three straight Eastern goals that gave the Warriors a one-goal halftime lead.
Among Sullinger's final four goals, one tied the match, one gave the Warriors a one-goal lead and two of them pushed Eastern into two-goal leads. Sullinger scored twice in a span of 68 seconds - the final goals of the third quarter - that gave Eastern an 11-9 heading into the final quarter. Eastern led the rest of the way.

A second-team all-conference pick last year, Sullinger tops the LEC in points per game (4.2), is fourth in assist per game (1.8) and seventh in goals per game (2.44). He has 22 goals and 16 assists in nine matches this season.

Dubinsky won ten of 11 faceoffs in the second half and 21 of 28 in the match and retrieved a career-high 17 ground balls as Eastern ended Keene's 19-game Little East Conference winning streak with a 14-11 home victory Saturday.

Dubinsky, ranked fourth nationally with an average of 11.89 ground balls per game, among picked up his 100th ground ball of the season in the match. By winning 75 percent of his faceoffs against two Keene opponents, Dubinsky improved his season percentage to above 60 percent to .602. 

Ranked first in the conference in ground balls per game and second in faceoff percentage, Dubinsky scored off his own faceoff to open the fourth quarter to give Eastern a three-goal lead against Keene. Dubinsky has not won under 50 percent of his faceoffs over the last five matches, including 19 of 22 against Wheaton College (MA).

Two-time defending regular season and playoff champion Keene was rated No. 1 in the LEC coaches' pre-season poll, Eastern No. 2.

 

Baseball: Balance Powers Warriors

Seven players drive in one run each in 10-7 win over Beavers

vaccarelli 300dpi_8705.jpgBABSON PARK, Mass. -- The fifth-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team built a six-run lead before withstanding a late Babson College comeback  in a 10-7 non-conference win at Govoni Field Monday afternoon.

At left: Mike Vaccarelli (Cristina Danielson photo)

Now 10-4 in games played away from the Eastern Baseball Stadium this season, Eastern (16-5)  upped its northern record to 7-3 with its seventh win against Babson (14-11) in nine meetings in the series.

Eastern scored six runs in the middle innings to move out to a 7-1 lead and after the Beavers got three back in chasing Eastern sophomore starter Greg Porter (Mystic), answered with two more in the top of the seventh on two hit batsmen, a walk, and two-out RBI singles from junior cleanup hitter Joe Balowski (Berlin) and sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA).

Babson pushed across three runs in its final two at-bats against Eastern freshman lefty Matt D'Orsi (West Hartford) and junior righty Drew Accomando (Monroe), but stranded five runners in those last two innings.  In the ninth, the hosts collected four singles, but Accomando  left the go-ahead run at the plate  by fanning the side.

For Eastern, seven different players drove in a run, every starter had at least one hit, and all but one starter scored at least one run. The Warriors had 12 hits and were issued seven walks, and scored four unearned runs thanks to four Babson errors.

Three hits, two walks and an error paved the way for three runs in the fourth that helped the Warriors to a 4-0 lead, and the visitors made it 7-1 with three more in the fifth on a leadoff walk to O'Connell and single by sophomore rightfielder Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), and RBIs from freshman second baseman Armando Soler (Hartford),  No. 9 hitter Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford). Soler reached on an infield single, Cammuso doubled, and leadoff hitter Roderick smacked a sacrifice fly.

Vaccarelli had three hits and sophomore DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) had his first two varsity hits.

First-year sophomore lefty Lucas Cimmino (Westfield, MA) was credited with his first win at Eastern in his fourth appearance. He allowed two hits and a run and walked a batter with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings of relief in place of Porter. Porter allowed three runs over four-plus innings (he was lifted after the first three batters of the fifth reached safely), but only one was earned. He fanned three  and walked three.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.
 
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M-Lax: Warriors Subdue Keene, 14-11

Behind Tommins and Dubinsky, they end Owls' 19-game LEC streak

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WARCH: Head Coach Justin Axel Reviews the Win. (1:55 min.)

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Junior Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won 21 of 28 faceoffs and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team never trailed after scoring the final three goals of the first half in a 14-11 victory over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Jamie Tommins

Eastern (5-4, 2-0 Little East) defeated Keene State (3-5, 1-1 Little East) for the first time in the last five meetings and snapped the two-time defending regular-season and playoff champion Owls' 19-game conference winning streak, which began after Eastern defeated Keene, 12-8 in the 2009 LEC title game at home. The Warriors  improved to 11-1 against the Owls at home in this 23-game series, having dropped a 17-11 home loss to Keene in 2010.

There were five ties and three lead changes in this game between the two-ranked teams in the LEC pre-season poll. Eastern never trailed by more than two goals and was never behind after scoring the final three goals of the first half that gave it its first lead (8-7) since late in the first quarter.

Beginning with sophomore Mike Devine's (Cheshire) second goal of the match, Eastern outscored Keene 7-2 over 21 minutes to turn a two-goal deficit into a 12-9 lead six seconds into the fourth quarter.

Dubinsky, who scored that goal six seconds into the fourth quarter after winning the faceoff and picking up the ground ball, won 21 of 28 faceoffs to push his season percentage over .600 to .602.

Senior goalie Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) came up with 16 saves for Eastern - his sixth game this season of last least ten. Seven of Tommins' saves came in the decisive third quarter when the only goals he allowed in the period came three minutes apart and allowed the Owls to tie the game at 9-9.

Senior attack Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) scored a season-high five goals and added two assists to lead Eastern, while Devine added three and first-year junior attack Christian Leone (West Norwalk) had two goals and an assist.

Dubinsky picked up 17 ground balls, with senior defenseman Tommy Flynn (Mineola, NY) credited with six and Sullinger five.

Junior attack Taylor Jette gave the Owls a quick lead on their first possession of the match and Keene led by two goals on three occasions, the final time at 7-5 when junior midfielder J.T. Galloway scored the second of his two goals on the day on an assist from  senior midfielder Ian Hart (Richmond, NH) with seven minutes left in the first half.

Jette led Keene with three goals, senior Matt Schairer and Ian Hart adding two goals and two assists each. Junior goalie Jason Leser made nine saves for the Owls, evening his record at 3-3.

In Keene's  19-17 regular-season victory over Eastern at Keene, NH, Jette and Schairer combined for ten goals and three assists.

Eastern visits No. 15 nationally-ranked Wesleyan University Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

 

W-Lax: In Re-match, It's Keene Again

In first meeting since last year's LEC title match, Keene tops Warriors

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At left: Ashley Prizio

Defending LEC champion Keene (7-2, 2-0 Little East) has won five in a row this year and ended Eastern's six-game winning streak. The Owls have beaten Eastern (8-4, 1-1 Little East) four of the last five times the teams have met since the Warriors captured six straight and 14 of the first 15 meetings in this series.

The regular-season loss is only the second in the last 32 regular-season conference games for Eastern, who has won or shared the last five LEC regular-ssason crowns.Eastern senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made nine saves and sophomore Erin Taylor  finished the game with 12 saves for Keene.

The Owls, who led by as many as six in the game, jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a nice goal from senior Caitlyn Corace  off a pass from junior Nicole Curry from behind the net with 22:36 left in the half.Eastern senior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) put ECSU on the scoreboard at the 13:52 mark with an unassisted goal from right outside the crease to make it 2-1. Keene then outscored Eastern 5-1 the rest of the half, capped by Curry's goal with 1.1 seconds left on the clock, on a give-and-go from Witherbee for the 7-2 advantage.

Trying to shift momentum out of the halftime break, Eastern senior Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk) netted a free position goal to cut the lead to 7-3 with 29:10 remaining in the game. But that is as close as Eastern would get, as freshman Polly Grey scoref her fifth goal of the season, with 21 seconds remaining, for the 11-6 LEC victory. 

Corace and Curry also netted two goals each for the Owls. Witherbee also dished out two assists to finish the game with a game-high five points.

Prizio led the Warriors with three goals and . Shusdock, junior Daniela Marchitto (Orange), and sophomore Christine Lillis (Waterford) each also netted unassisted goals for Eastern.

In the game, Keene outshot the Warriors 30-20, and scooped up 11 groundballs to Eastern's five. Both teams were successful clearing the ball with the Owls clearing 14-of-16 opportunities, while the Warriors were successful on 10-of-13 chances.

Eastern hosts Connecticut  College Thursday  at 6 p.m.
 

Softball: Rathbun, Team Extend Streaks

Warriors improve to 4-0 in Little East Conference with 9-2, 10-3 victories

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KEENE, N.H. - Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) hit her 18th and 19 career home runs in the opener to back senior All-America Molly Rathbun's (Hebron) 33rd consecutive regular-season northern pitching win when the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team extended its current win streak to 16 games with 9-2, 10-3 triumphs over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.

At right: Molly Rathbun

Ranked No. 4 nationally, Eastern (17-1, 4-0 Little East) equaled the program's third-longest winning streak with its 16th straight one, 11 behind the all-time mark and one shy of its second-longest streak, set a year ago. Eastern is 8-0 up north and has beaten Keene (10-4, 0-2 Little East) the last six times the teams have meet. Rathbun remained undefeated in six lifetime decisions against Keene.

Rathbun (12-1), now 41-2 in her career in regular-season northern games, set the program record for innings pitched (632.0) and reached the 900 strikeout mark in the doubleheader. Rathbun  pitched a complete-game four-hitter with ten strikeouts and no walks for her 11th straight win in the first game and wrapped up the second-game victory with 1 2/3 hitless innings with three strikeouts in the second game.  Rathbun did not allow an earned run on the day in lowering her season ERA to 0.48.

Cooper, second all-time to Rathbun's 23 career home runs, had  three hits in each game, scored five runs and drove in two. Rathbun reached safely six times on the day with five singles and a walk and drove in five runs. Rathbun leads Eastern with a .426 average and with 13 RBI. Cooper follows at .415 with a team-leading six home runs (five in the last eight games), 27 hits and 53 total bases and is second to Rathbun with 12 RBI.

Three Eastern pitchers did not allow an earned run on the day and combined for 14 strikeouts and three walks. Junior righty Kassondra Silva (Hamden) hiked her record to 5-0 by pitching the first four innings of the nightcap. She was charged with three unearned runs while fanning one and walking one.

Ten batters collected at least one hit on the afternoon off five Keene State pitchers. Sophomore shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) and senior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) each had three hits and sophomore centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) reached four times with a hit, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Eastern hosts Trinity College Tuesday in a 4 p.m. non-conference doubleheader.

 

Baseball: Warriors Can't Seal Deal

Keene scores uneaned run in eight inning of nightcap to salvage split

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Juniors Mike Riemer (Ellington)  and Joe Balowski (Berlin) and sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) all had five hits to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a Little East Conference doubleheader split with Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

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Ranked fifth nationally, Eastern (15-5, 3-1 Little East) scored ten runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a one-run deficit in a 13-4 first-game victory before Keene State (17-6, 3-1 Little East) pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap for its first win over the Warriors in the last six meetings.

Eastern and Keene were ranked 1-2 in the LEC pre-season coaches poll. The Warriors are the two-time defending conference regular-season champions.

Riemer drove in four runs and had two doubles for the Warriors, who lost their first home game after six victories in the second game.  O'Connell plated three runs and scored three, while Balowski knocked in two runs and scored one.

Eastern sent 14 batters to the plate in the ten-run eighth inning after the Owls had tied the game with a run in the seventh and moved ahead with a run in the top of the eighth on two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. The Warriors collected nine of their game total of  19 hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sophomore Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) doubled and drove in a run with a single and scored twice in the inning and O'Connell, batting ninth, plate three runs with two singles and scored once.

Keene snapped a 7-7 tie in the eighth inning of the second game when Tanner Chase was hit leading off the inning, moved to second on an infield error, to third on an sacrifice bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by leadoff hitter Greg Bates.

Trailing 7-5, the hosts had tied the game with two runs in the seventh on a leadoff single by Balowski, two walks and two wild pitches.

Eastern senior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in starting the first game on the mound without a decision, and junior righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) was credited with his first victory against a loss with 1 2/3 hitless innings. In the second game, Tim Quagliaroli gained the win as the third of three Keene pitchers. He threw the final two shutout innings after Eastern had totaled seven runs in the previous three frames. Quagliaroli (3-1) fanned two and gave up only a two-out single in the eighth.

Bates and Erik Bergstrom each had four hits for Keene in the doubleheader, with Peter Burgio doubling twice among his three hits. Bates also walked and scored four runs.

Eastern visits Babson Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Baseball: Warriors Rout Salve, 13-2

Eastern totals season-high 18 hits and gets help from Seahawks' defense

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI) pitched the first five innings to gain his first career win in his first start and sophomore T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) collected four hits to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 13-2 non-conference victory over Salve Regina University Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Tom Darby (Cristina Danielson photo)

A winner of nine of its last 11 and all five this season at home, No. 5 nationally-ranked Eastern (14-4) helped its cause with a season-high 18 hits and benefitted from six Salve Regina (8-15) errors that created ten unearned runs (Eastern's first ten runs of the game.

In his 11th career appearance, Darby pitched the first five scoreless innings, fanning seven and giving up five hits. Darby now has 18 strikeouts  in his last ten innings over three appearances and has 23 punch-outs this season in 17 innings.

The top four starters in the Eastern order accounted for 11 hits and three RBI and scored seen runs. Batting cleanup, DH Larivee had a season-high four hits (including a double) - giving him 11 multiple-hit games this year. He also scored two runs and drove in one. Batting second, junior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) had his first two career doubles among three hits. He drove in a run and scored one.  Sophomore leadoff hitter and leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford) had two hits (including a triple) and two runs and drove in a run and  junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin), batting third, improved his team-leading average to  .417 by going 2-for-4 with a walk and  two runs scored. Those four hitters are the top hitters on the team among regulars.

schult gold bat72dpi_8645.jpgEastern scored all of the runs it would need (three) in the second off hard-luck loser Nicholas Politelli (0-4) , who did not allow an earned run and eight hits over the first five innings. In the second, sophomore No. 9 hitter Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield), Roderick (triple) and Riemer  (double) all drove in a run with two outs. Leading 5-2, the Warriors pulled away by tacking  on four more in the sixth on four hits and an infield error. Larivee and junior Drew Accomando (Monroe) each had RBI singles and senior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) a sacrifice fly in the frame..

Above: In recognition of being named ABCA National Player-of-the-Year last year, 2011 graduate Jim Schult (center) was presented a Gold Bat, courtesy of Rawlings, prior to the start of Thursday's game against Salve Regina. Making the presentation are head coach Bill Holowaty (far right), and assistant coach Shawn Gilblair. Gilblair has two Gold Bats in his trophy case, earned during the 2007 and 2009 seasons. A pitcher/outfielder and DH, Schult was also last season named first team All-America, National Player-of-the-Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association, New England Player-of-the-Year and  ECAC and Little East Pitcher-of-the-Year, and repeated as a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Freshman Salvatore Cumella was credited with two of Salve's six hits off six Eastern pitchers, while sophomore No. 9 hitter Anthony Conte also had two hits and drove in a run. The Seahwks had ended a seven-game slide yesterday with a pair of Commonwealth Conference shutouts of Wentworth Institute, with starting pitchers Daniel Kehew and Kyle Pheland allowing a combined one hit in 14 innings.

Eastern hosts Keene State College in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at noon.

 


 

W-Lacrosse: Streak Reaches Six,10-8

Warriors break late tie with three straight goals to trim Wellesley

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior midfielder Christina Rully (Orange) scored three goals - two coming when the Eastern Connecticut  State University women's lacrosse team snapped a late tie in a 10-8 non-conference victory over Wellesley College Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Samantha Barone

There were five ties and four lead changes before Eastern (8-3) scored three unanswered goals in eight minutes to move out to a 10-7 lead with just under nine minutes left and go on to end a four-game losing streak at the hands of Wellesley (3-7) in a six-game series where the average goal differential has been less than three goals.

The win is the sixth straight for Eastern and fourth in five home contests.

Rully gave Eastern the lead for good, 8-7, with 16 minutes left after Eastern maintained possession when junior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange)  picked up a ground ball off a missed shot. Senior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) made it 9-7 seven minutes later when she converted a Wellesley turnover into her  second goal of the match off an assist from sophomore attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY). Conn then won the ensuing faceoff when senior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) won the draw, and Rully connected on her seventh goal of the season off a pass from Marchitto with just under nine minutes left.

Eastern senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made 15 saves - five coming on free-position shots. Two of the free-position saves came in the final 15 minutes and two came in succession that allowed the Warriors to preserve a three-goal lead in the final two minutes.

Rully entered play with four goals on the season and matched her former high school teammate (Marchitto) with three goals on the afternoon. Marchitto now has a Little East Conference-leading 36 goals on the season. Prizio chipped in two goals and two assists.

Conn pushed her season faceoff percentage over .600 to .610 by winning 15 of 20 attempts  against two Wellesley opponents. Junior Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury), last week's LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Week, won five draws and Barrett four and junior defender Samantha Barone (Plainedge, NY) forced three turnovers.

Making her fourth start in goal this year, sophomore Tya Logan made ten saves --  seven  when the teams played to a 4-4 first-half draw. Team freshman scoring leader Claire Canty led the Blue with three goals. Freshman midfielder Rachael Hanscom and junior midfielder Allison Robbins each had four ground balls. Coming off the bench, Hanscom had two goals, as did senior attack Meredith Roy.

Eastern visits Keene State College in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Softball: With Sweep, Streak at 14

Behind Cooper, Warriors down Springfield College twice, 4-1, 4-0

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team,  ranked No. 4 nationally, ran its winning streak to 14 straight with 4-1, 4-0 wins over Springfield College Tuesday afternoon  at Potter Field.

Eastern (15-1) equaled its fifth longest winning streak in program history by defeating Springfield (8-7) for the eighth and ninth consecutive times in this series.

Arielle Cooper (at right) has been a tough out at the head of the order.

Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) struck out 11 and walked one without allowing an earned run in a route-going effort in the first game to gain her 11th win in 12 decisions this year. Junior Kassondra Silva (Hamden) improved her record to 4-0 by winning the second game with four innings of relief in place of junior starter Christine Akcer (Milford) to complete the staff's sixth shutout of the season. Both Silva and Akcer each allowed three hits and a walk and fanned one.

Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had three of Eastern's 15 hits in the doubleheader, with senior outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford),  sophomore outfielders Stephanie Johnson (Southington) and Mattie Brett (Waterford) and Rathbun each chipping in two hits.  Brett stole two bases, drove in two runs and scored three runs and Johnson knocked in two runs.

Cooper blasted her 17th career home run leading off the first game - the 100th hit of her career. Cooper also opened the second game with a single - the fifth straight game in which she has had a hit leading off the Eastern first inning when batting at the top of the order.  She has now homered leading off the Eastern first in two of the last four games.

After Cooper homored leading off the first inning of the first game, No. 9 hitter Megan Godwin (Manchester) plated Brett (single) with a two-out single to make it 2-0 in the second, and Godwin came around to score on an error to make it 3-0.

Eastern scored three times in the first inning of the nightcap on a two-out single by Brett and a two-out, two-run single by Johnson.  Brett sent in the fourth run with an RBI single after Rathbun doubled to lead off the fifth.

Eastern visits Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference doubleheader.

 

Baseball: Early Lead Evaporates in Loss

Warriors jump quickly but are shut out over final seven innings

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MONTCLAIR, N.J. - Three Montclair State University pitchers shut out No. 10 ranked Eastern Connecticut State University in all but one inning as the Red Hawks erased an early four-run deficit to post a 6-4 victory Tuesday afternoon at Yogi Berra Stadium

At right: Drew Accomando.

Eastern (13-4) led 4-0 after scoring times in the second inning by collecting six of its game total  11 hits before Montclair (12-7) cut the gap to 4-3 with three in the bottom of the inning, and the Red Hawks scored the tying and go-ahead runs in a three-run eighth inning  on run-scoring doubles by No. 9 hitter Zach Bowens and  Cody Pace. Bowens' two-bagger put the hosts ahead and Pace's two-out double added an insurance run.

Sophomore righty Greg Porter (Mystic) didn't allow an earned run over the first five innings, but was charged with Montclair's first three runs despite giving up only one hit when the Warriors commited their only two errors of the game in Montclair's three-run second inning..

Batting No. 8 in the order, junior second baseman Drew Accomando  (Monroe) had three hits and drove in two of Eastern's runs with a single in the four-run second inning. Batting at the top of the order, sophomores Adam Roderick (West Hartford) and Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) each had two hits and O'Connell drove in a run with a single.

Sophomore lefty Dylan Papa was roughed up by Eastern for four runs on ten hits but settled down after Eastern's four-run second inning to blank the Warriors over the next four innings, and relievers Zach Brown and Josh Manto surrendered only one hit over the final three innings.. 

Eastern hosts Keene State College in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at noon.

LEC: Three from Eastern Gain Honors

 Meotti, Chamberlain, Rathbun recognized for play last week

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -  Senior right-handed pitchers Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and junior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) have been recognized with weekly awards by the Little East Conference for their play during the week of March 26-April 1.

Rathbun was honored with a weekly softball award for the 15th time in her career, Meotti was cited in women's lacrosse for the second time in her two-year career and Chamberlain was recognized for the first time in baseball. Rathbun and Chamberlain were named their respective sport's Pitcher-of-the-Week and Meotti the Defensive Player-of-the-Week..

A second-year Division II transfer, Meotti led the women's lacrosse team to two wins and a five-game winning streak by sharing the team lead with ten draw controls and picked up seven ground balls -- the most of any field player.  She also caused four turnovers and gave the ball away only three times herself in two games.  In the opening 14-7 Little East Conference home win over Rhode Island College Saturday, she won four draws, picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Meotti is second on the team this year with 32 draw controls. She was given an identical weekly honor on April 25 of last year.

Women's lacrosse (7-3) hosts Wellesley College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

After 41 career relief appearances, Chamberlain pitched seven scoreless innings with ten strikeouts and three walks and three hits in a combined 8-0 shutout of UMass Boston in the first game of an opening Little East Conference home doubleheader Sunday. Chamberlain faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings with six strikeouts before giving up his first hit leading off the fifth.  He struck out the side after the hit.

Ranked tenth nationally,  baseball (13-3) visits Montclair State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

As the fourth of five pitchers in the team's mid-week 5-4, ten-inning home win over Suffolk University, Chamberlain kept the game tied through the late innings by fanning two and allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings to set up the win for Michael Hepple. This season, Chamberlain is 2-0 (4-0 lifetime) with 29 strikeouts and five walks and 12 hits allowed in 19 2/3 innings with a team-leading 1.83 ERA.

In four home wins to open the northern season, Rathbun appeared in all four games as a pitcher with a 2-0 record and a save and a 0.93 ERA.  She struck out 24 and walked one and allowed ten hits in 15.0 innings with two complete games and one shutout in two starts. In her two starts, she struck out 11 and allowed 0 walks and two hits in a six-inning shutout of Salve Regina and pitched a seven-hitter with ten strikeouts adn one walk in a 3-2 win over Plymouth State in the Little East Conference opener.

Rathbun also extended her program record total of saves to 12 in the second game against Salve Regina. On the season, Rathbun is 10-1 with a 0.60 ERA and 93 strikeouts and nine walks in 58.0 innings.

Ranked fourth nationally and second in New England, softball (13-1) brings a 12-game winning streak into a Tuesday doubleheader at Springfield College at 3:30 p.m.

 

W-Track: Quinones Runs to 5,000m Win

At Coast Guard, Hultzman qualifies for post-season in high jump

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) won the 5000 meter run for the first time in her career outdoors and sophomore Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) qualified for post-season competition Saturday for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's track and field team at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring  Invitational.

At left: Amanda Quinones

Six different performs contributed to the 39.5 point total for Eastern, which placed tenth in a field of 11 in a meet won by Westfield State University.

Quinones outran a field of seven with a time of 19:04.13 in the 5000 to win the event after placing second twice previously last year at Coast Guard and at last year's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships.  It marked the third time outdoors that she was won an event, following the 10,000 race at the 2010 Little East meet and last year's 1,500 meter run at the ECSU Invitational.

Hultzman qualified for the New England Division III Championships for the second time in as many years with a mark of 5-foot-1 inch in capturing second place in a field of 1.  Hulzman holds the program record of 5-3, set at the New England Open last year.

Junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), who qualified for New England Division III competition last week in the high jump and triple jump, totaled 8.5 points while competing in three events. She was fifth among 15  in the 400 meter hurdles and tied for fourth among 11 in the high jump.

Eastern competes in the Wesleyan University Elmer Swanson Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.

 

 

 

M-Track: Miller, Lochard Excel at CGA

Miller is third at 5000 meters; Lochard is sixth at 800 meters for Warriors

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior Nick Miller (Norwich) captured third place in a field of 21 with the second-fastest 5,000 meters of his career and freshman Kevin Lochard (Stamford) was sixth in a field of 45 at 800 meters Saturday for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring  Invitational.

At left: Nick Miller

Ten different performers contributed points for Eastern, which placed seventh in a nine-team field with 49 points. Host Coast Guard easily won the meet with 218 points.

Miller was timed in 16:21.44, which trailed his personal best of 15:40.17 set at last year's Coast Guard Invitational. Lochard clocked a 2:00.84 at 800 meters, which was shy of his time of 1:58.61 in his first outdoor meet last year  at Westfield State University when he was sixth among 50 competitors.

Sophomore Fredrick Hewett (New London) qualified for New England Division III competition in his third event in two meets when he was timed in 51.17 in taking third in a field of 20 at 400 meters. At Westfield, he qualified at both 100 and 200 meters.

Miller and Hewett both totaled six points with third-place finishes, while Lochard collected three. Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) amassed a team-high 11 points when he was third in the 400 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles, while freshman Andre Reynolds (Hartford) was credited with eight points by taking third in the 110 hurdles and seventh in the long jump.

Additional point producers included freshman Austin Baldour (Newtown) with five points in a fourth-place finish at 5000 meters; freshman Seth Myers (East Hampton), who added four points by placing fifth in the 400 meters; and the 4x100 meter relay team, which earned four points with an eighth-place finish. The contributors to the team were all newcomers: Hewett, freshmen D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), and Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) and sophomore Michael Singletary (Hartford).

Eastern competes in the Wesleyan University Elmer Swanson Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.

 

Baseball: Warriors Capture LEC Pair

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balowski72dpi_8196.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) struck out ten batters over seven scoreless innings in the opener in his first career start as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team opened its 2012 Little East Conference season with an 8-0. 15-2 sweep of the University of Massachusetts Boston Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. The second game was stopped after the Beacons batted in the top of the seventh due to the ten-run rule.

At left: Joe Balowski

Ranked 12th nationally and third in New England, Eastern (13-3) collected 29 hits - 12 for extra bases - off nine UMass Boston ( (8-8) pitchers in capturing its third and fourth straight home wins this week.

After 41 relief outings, Chamberlain (2-0) won his first game as a starter. He struck out ten and walked three before freshman Tyler Cyr (Bristol) and sophomore Pat Barnett (Windsor) completed the combined shutout with one scoreless inning each.

Senior righty Jim Dimon (Seymour) won his first decision in his first start of the season in the nightcap, giving up only one hit over the first five scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Dimon did not give up another hit after freshman leadoff batter Collin Keefer opened the game with an infield single. Senior second baseman Mike Mattei's RBI single with two out in a two-run sixth was the Beacons' only other hit in the game.

Junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) picked up three hits in each game. He finished with six hits - including four doubles - and six RBI on the afternoon. His three doubles in the nightcap tied the program's game record.

Sophomore leftfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford) and sophomore shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) each contributed four hits on the day. Roderick scored four runs and O'Connell drove in four and had two doubles in each game. Sophomore third baseman Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) had three hits and scored three runs and junior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) had two hits - including a triple - and walked twice and scored three runs. Sophomore rightfielder Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) reached four times with two hits and two walks and scored three runs.

The Warriors used two big innings to turn the second game into a rout. Leading 1-0, they pushed across six runs in the second inning on five hits, then totaled seven runs in the fourth after there were two out and two on - again on five hits. Vaccarelli plated two runs in the second inning on a single and O'Connell and freshman Cory Dean (Danbury) drove in two runs each with back-to-back doubles in the fourth. The RBI were the first in the career of Dean, who was pinch hitting for Balowski and gave the Warriors eight RBI on the day from the No. 3 spot in the order.

Led by Roderick and Vaccarelli (three stolen bases each), the Warriors swiped nine bases in as many tries on the day.

Junior first baseman Matt Consiglio reached safely four times on the day for UMass. He had three of his team's four hits in the opener and was hit by a pitch in the nightcap.

Eastern and UMass Boston were the top two seeds in last year's LEC tournament at the Eastern Baseball Stadium, with the Warriors eliminating the Beacons in the second round. UMass won its only LEC tournament title two years ago at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Eastern visits Montclair State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

Softball: Eastern Sweeps LEC Openers

Rathbun wins 80th game in opener, reaches safely six times on day

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LEC LOGO PARE.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior Molly Rathbun  (Hebron) won her 80th career game with a complete-game effort in the opener and reached safely in all six plate appearances on the day as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team opened Little East Conference play with 3-2, 10-2 victories over Plymouth State University Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field. The second game was stopped  in the sixth inning due to the eight-run rule.

Above: Kelly Paterson

Rathbun (10-1), a three-time All-America,  struck out ten and walked one and gave up seven hits in the opening win for Eastern (13-1) to improve her career pitching record to 80-12.  On the day, she was 4-for-4 with two walks.

The two-time defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion, No. 4 nationally-ranked Eastern has won 12 straight. Plymouth (3-11) has played all of its games on the road this season.

Junior infielder Kelly Paterson (Southington) had four hits and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic)  added three hits and scored three runs. She doubled and hit her 16th career home run in the first game and reached on an infield single for her 99th career hit in the first inning of the nightcap.

In her third career at-bat, freshman Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) made her first hit a home run. As a pinch-hitter, she drilled a two-run shot to right in a four-run fourth inning in the nightcap.

Junior Kassondra Silva (Hamden) won her third game in three decisions this year in the nightcap. Silva pitched into the fifth inning and departed with a 9-1 lead. She allowed four hits while fanning one and walking two. Silva singled in the first two runs of the game in the first inning.

Four players combined to collect  nine of the team's 12 hits on the day for Plymouth (3-11), which has dropped its last 14 to Eastern. Freshman pitcher Cynthia Barata had three hits, including her  second home run which tied the first game, 1-1, in the second inning.  She went the distance on the mound in the opener, giving up only six hits. Eastern snapped the 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth on a leadoff single by Paterson and Cooper's  third home run of the season - a line drive to left on a 1-0 pitch.

Junior DH Jenn Bove, sophomore first baseman/catcher Sam Hebert and sophomore shortstop Bekah Jackson all contributed two hits on the day for the Panthers, with Jackson scoring two runs.

Eastern  visits Springfield College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m

 

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