MANSFIELD, Conn. – Junior catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) tied the 42-year-old Eastern Connecticut State University record by driving in seven runs in a 10-0 softball victory over Trinity College Thursday evening that earned the Warriors a split of a non-conference doubleheader at Clyde Washburne Field.
Hodgdon hit a grand slam in a five-run Eastern (22-8) second inning, then ended the game with a three-run home run that bounced off the top of the center field wall with one out in the bottom of the sixth. The game was halted due to the eight-run rule. She had entered the day with six RBI in 34 at-bats this season.
In the first game, freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange) slammed her team-leading sixth and seventh home runs of the season with a leadoff home run in the second and two-run shot in the third, but the Warriors left the tying run on second base in the seventh after scoring an unearned run in the frame in a 5-4 loss that was the team's sixth straight at the hands of Trinity (12-10).
Ellen Janiga set the game RBI record on April 27, 1977 with seven against the University of Saint Joseph, and tied her own mark the following year against Quinnipiac University.
In the second game, junior righty Haleigh Cardello (Litchfield, NH) tossed her first career shutout, limiting the Bantams to four hits without a walk or strikeout en route to her sixth win in nine decisions this year.
Senior second baseman Jackie Lewis (Mystic) and junior third baseman Crysta Wolski (West Hartford) matched Hodgdon with two hits each. Sophomore rightfielder Kat Devolve (Plainfield) reached four times with an infield error and three walks.
Eastern never led in the first game, but scored twice in the third to cut a 5-1 deficit to 5-3, and pushed across one in the seventh before junior righty Lindsay Pressman (Huntington, NY) competed a three-inning save by getting a game-ending infield ground ball. The Warriors did not have a hit in the inning but sophomore outfielder Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) scored a run when she walked to open the inning, stole second, moved to third on a ground ball and scored on an infield error. A second straight infield error moved the tying run into scoring position but Lewis grounded to short to end the game.
Matyasovsky drove in three of the team's runs and scored twice but was the only hitter with more than one hit. Junior righty Madeline Spencer-Orrell (Northampton, MA) combined with Pressman on a five-hitter.
On the day, sophomore leftfielder Samantha Witmer, sophomore centerfielder Jenna Thomas and sophomore first baseman Gillian Birk all had three hits for Trinity, with Nicole Towner driving in two runs with a two-out double when the Bantams scored three unearned runs in the third inning of the first game.
Eastern hosts Keene State College in a Little East Conference makeup doubleheader Monday at a time not yet announced.