Softball Falls To UConn; Weekend Plans Washed Away

Patrick Gustavson, Sports Editor

A rainy Easter weekend may have derailed the plans of the Central Connecticut softball team, but the Blue Devils still managed to get in a non-conference matchup against Connecticut on Tuesday where they fell by a score of 6-0.

The Blue Devils managed just six hits on the day compared to the Huskies’ eight. Unsurprisingly, two of them came from sophomore designated player Sydney Bolan, the only Blue Devil to have multiple hits on the contest. Bolan now has a robust .327 batting average on the season to go with 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in.

But the team was unable to get to Huskies starting pitcher Marybeth Olson, who struck out nine Blue Devils in five innings of work compared to just one walk.

On the mound for the Blue Devils, freshman Kari Marx yielded two unearned runs in three innings of work while striking out three, though she did surrender four free passes.

Relieving Marks was sophomore Ashley Antonazzo, who gave up four runs on four hits in one inning of work.

The Husky hitter that got to Marks and Antonazzo was first baseman Kiwi McDaniel, who had a two-run single off each pitcher.

Freshman Carly Stoker rounded out the pitching trio for the Blue Devils, tossing two shutout innings, striking out three and walking two Husky batters.

The team’s trip to LIU Brooklyn on Friday was moved to Monday afternoon, where inclement weather once again doomed their plans.

In addition, they were meant to host Bryant on Saturday, who sat in second place in the Northeast Conference entering the weekend. But due to the washout conditions, the doubleheader was postponed.

As of Monday, April 22, neither of the doubleheaders have been rescheduled. As they are NEC contests, they are imperative to the standings but it is unknown if they will be made up.

The Blue Devils now sit at (2-6) in the NEC with four games remaining. With doubleheaders against Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner, two teams that also sit on the outside looking in of the conference tournament, they will have a chance to claw their way back into playoff contention.