DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman righty Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) pitched a complete-game five-hitter in the opener and sophomore lefty Morgan Sanson (Thomaston) retired 15 of the final 16 batters in pitching her first shutout of the season in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday afternoon, 3-1 and 5-0.
With the sweep, Eastern (14-17, 8-4 LEC) takes over sole possession of second place in the conference with two regular-season LEC games remaining. UMass (22-12, 6-6 LEC) is 3-7 since a 19-5 start and falls to fifth place in the eight-team conference. The Warriors improve to 53-6 all-time against UMD.
With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning of the opener, sophomore shortstop Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford) drove in the tie-breaking run with an RBI bunt single – plating Bolduk – and scored an insurance run on sophomore centerfielder Sabrina LeMere's (North Branford) single in a 3-1 win.
Sanson dominated the second game, facing only four batters over the minimum by allowing only four baserunners on two hits and two walks. She retired 12 straight and 15 of the final 16 and was backed by an 11-hit attack. The first batter in the first inning and leadoff batter in the third were the only hits allowed by Sanson, who struck out two.
Sophomore catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) and freshman first baseman Christine Guyette (Mansfield) each drove in two runs with two hits. Guyette had RBI singles in the second and sixth innings, Hodgdon a two-run single in the third and LeMere a run-scoring single in the seventh.
The Warriors played perfect defense in the second game for the second time in four games.
Eastern closes out the regular season visiting Johnson & Wales University Thursday for a pair of non-conference games, hosting Keene State College in a 1 p.m. conference doubleheader Saturday and hosting Salve Regina University Sunday in a non-conference twinbill at noon.