MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore righty Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) extended her streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 25 1/3 with a five-hitter in the first game, and junior shortstop Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford) hit her first two home runs of the season in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept Springfield College, 3-0, 8-4, Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader at Clyde Washburne Field.
Now 16-5 in its last 21 games against Springfield (6-6), Eastern has turned around three successive 3-11 starts with its current 11-3 overall record. Eastern has won four straight at home since a 7-3 Florida trip,
Bolduk (8-0) becomes the first pitcher in eight years to win her first eight decisions, following four-time All-America Molly Rathbun, who won her first 22 decisions on the way to a 24-2 record in 2011. Bolduk fanned three without a walk to lower her ERA to 0.85 in 49 2/3 innings with 45 strikeouts against nine walks.
In the second game, Eastern scored five times in the sixth to overcome a 4-3 deficit. The Warriors batted around against Springfield reliever Marisa Valenti, who was entrusted with a 4-3 lead by starter Gillian Kane. In that five-run sixth, Eastern scored all of its runs with two out, with 2-3-4 hitters Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington), freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) and Pisanelli all driving in runs. Tyrrell had a single to plate the first, Matyasovsky a two-run single and Pisanelli a two-run home run.
Pisanelli had three hits, three RBI and two runs to lead an 11-hit attack in the second game, where Matyasovsky reached safely in her 12th straight game.
Junior lefty Morgan Sanson (Thomaston) earned her first win in her second decision with three shutout innings in relief of junior starter Haleigh Cardello (Litchfield, NH). Sanson scattered two hits and walked two.
Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference twinbill.