2011 Softball News

June 2, 2011
Softball Honored with Northeast Conference Sportsmanship Award
Central Connecticut was selected as the 2011 Northeast Conference Sportsmanship Award recipient for softball. The honor was announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to being recognized for their sportsmanship, the Blue Devils also posted their most successful Division I softball campaign in 2011, setting a new school record with 29 wins.

May 15, 2011
Montemurro Named to the NEC All-Tournament Team
Central Connecticut senior Elizabeth Montemurro was named to the 2011 Northeast Conference Softball All-Tournament Team. Central's top hurler this season, Montemurro started both of her team's games in their first NEC Tournament and allowed only three earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched.

May 13, 2011
Watch Live as Softball Opens NEC Tournament at Robert Morris
The Central Connecticut softball team will open play in their first Northeast Conference Championship Tournament against Robert Morris at 10 a.m. today. The game will be the first of the tournament hosted in Moon Township, PA, by the host Colonials. All NEC Tournament games will be broadcast live on NortheastConference.tv.

May 13, 2011
Softball Falls in NEC Tournament Opener
The Central Connecticut softball team dropped its first game of the 2011 Northeast Conference Tournament on Friday morning. The #4 Blue Devils fell to #1 Robert Morris 1-0 in their first ever NEC postseason play. Both pitchers were outstanding as neither allowed an earned run in the game. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 29-20-1 on the season, and forces them into the first elimination game of the tournament.

May 13, 2011
Softball Season Comes to an End After 8-5 Loss in NEC Tournament
The Central Connecticut softball team dropped a heartbreaking 8-5 decision to Quinnipiac in the first elimination game of the 2011 Northeast Conference Softball Championship. The game featured a three hour, six minute rain delay. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 29-22-1 on the season and ends their first NEC Tournament appearance. It also brings an end to the most successful season in CCSU Division I softball history.

May 12, 2011
Bruno Named to All-NEC Second Team
Freshman Arielle Bruno has been named to the 2011 All-Northeast Conference Second team. Bruno is the only Blue Devil to be named All-NEC this season. The announcement was made at the opening banquet of the 2011 NEC Softball Championship Tournament. Bruno led the NEC with 60 hits this season as the Blue Devils reached their first NEC Tournament.

May 9, 2011
Liz Montemurro Named Akadema/NEC Co-Pitcher of the Week
Senior Elizabeth Montemurro has been named Akadema/Northeast Conference Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. Montemurro had a dominating week as the Blue Devils qualified for their first Northeast Conference Tournament. During the week she became the Blue Devils all-time leader in victories.

May 7, 2011
Blue Devils Earn First Trip to NEC Championship Tournament
The Central Connecticut softball team has earned their first appearance in the Northeast Conference Championship Tournament. The Blue Devils finished the conference season at 11-9, but had to wait for the results of this weekend's makeup games to determine if they had reached their first ever NEC postseason. On Saturday, Monmouth split a doubleheader with Mount St. Mary's giving Central the #4 seed in the tournament.

May 5, 2011
Softball Sweeps Seton Hall, Sets New CCSU Win Record
The Central Connecticut softball team swept a senior day doubleheader from Seton Hall on Thursday. With two wins the Blue Devils are now 29-20-1 on the season. The 29 wins are the most in a season for a CCSU softball team since moving to Division I. Senior Amanda Dilworth had four hits and senior Elizabeth Montemurro earned a win and a save as the Blue Devils took game one 3-0 and game two 3-1.

May 4, 2011
Wednesday's Softball Game Cancelled Due to Rain
The softball game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon between the Blue Devils and the University of Hartford has been cancelled due to rain. A make-up date has yet to be announced.

May 3, 2011
Blue Devils Sweep Holy Cross
Senior Elizabeth Montemurro picked up a win and a save in a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross on Tuesday. With her win Montemurro becomes the Blue Devils all-time leader in victories with 35. Central took game one 3-2 and game two 5-0. The sweep improves Central's record to 27-20-1 on the season, at 11-9 in the Northeast Conference the Blue Devils are still in the hunt for a spot in the NEC tournament.

May 1, 2011
Softball Sweeps Mount to Improve to 11-9 in NEC
The Central Connecticut softball team swept Mount St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils took game one 10-5 and then came from behind to win the second game 8-7. The wins improve Central's record to 25-20-1, and 11-9 in Northeast Conference action. The 11 wins are the most ever for a CCSU softball team in NEC play. Senior Elizabeth Montemurro earned the win in both games. She improves to 11-7 on the season.

April 30, 2011
Softball Splits Extra Inning Doubleheader at Monmouth
The Central Connecticut softball team split a pair of doubleheaders at Monmouth on Saturday. Both games went to extra innings with the Blue Devils taking a 1-0 victory. Game two reached the tenth inning and the Hawks scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-6 victory. Senior Elizabeth Montemurro took the decision in both games despite not allowing and earned run in 10.2 innings. The split pushes the softball team's record to 23-20-1 and 9-9 in Northeast Conference action.

April 27, 2011
Softball Splits With Fairfield on Wednesday
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with Fairfield on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Devils improve their record to 22-19-1 on the season. Central dropped game one 7-1 before rebounding for a 4-3 game two victory. Sophomore Kelsey Barlow went three-for-three in the first game and sophomore Stephanie Chotkevys went for three-for-three in game two.

April 26, 2011
Softball Splits Doubleheader with Long Island on Tuesday
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with Long Island on Tuesday. The Blue Devils dropped game one 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh before rebounding for a 2-0 win in game two. Sophomore Jordan Tingley pitched a complete game shutout in game two and freshman Arielle Bruno had three hits on the day to lead the Blue Devil offense. Central is now 21-18-1 on the season an 8-8 in Northeast Conference action.

April 23, 2011
Saturday's Softball Doubleheader Pushed Back to 3 p.m.
The Northeast Conference softball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday has been pushed back to 3 p.m. The games were scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but first pitch has moved to 3 p.m. because of the weather.

April 23, 2011
Softball Swept By Bryant on Saturday
The Central Connecticut softball team dropped a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Saturday. The Blue Devils fell 9-7 in game one and 9-5 in game two on a rainy day in New Britain. Senior Kendall Sours powered the Blue Devils with five hits in seven at bats on the day. The losses drop the Blue Devils to 20-17-1 on the season and 7-7 in NEC play.

April 19, 2011
Softball Canceled at Siena on Wednesday
The softball doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday on the road at Siena has been canceled. The game will not be made up. Central is schedule to play again on Saturday at home vs. Bryant beginning at 1 p.m.

April 18, 2011
Softball Splits NEC Doubleheader at Wagner
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader at Wagner on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils took the first game 6-2 before dropping a wild second game in extra innings, 8-7. Sophomore Jordan Tingley got the decision in both games. Senior Amanda Dilworth had four hits on the afternoon for the Blue Devils. The split puts the Blue Devils record at 20-15-1 on the season and 7-5 in Northeast Conference action.

April 17, 2011
Softball Drops Pair at Quinnipiac
The Central Connecticut softball team dropped a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Sunday. The Blue Devils fell 5-0 in game one and then 8-3 in game two. The losses drop the Blue Devils to 19-14-1 on the season and 6-4 in the NEC. Senior Amanda Dilworth finished the day three-for-seven at the plate and drove in a pair of runs.

April 16, 2011
Saturday's Softball Doubleheader Postponed Until Monday
Central Connecticut's softball doubleheader at Wagner on Saturday has been postponed due to the potential for inclement weather, and will be played on Monday at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils currently sit in a tie for first place in the Northeast Conference with a 6-2 record. They will return to action on Sunday on the road at Quinnipiac at 12 noon.

April 12, 2011
Softball Splits Doubleheader with URI
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Devils dropped the opening game 6-4 before rebounding for a 12-7 comeback victory in game two. Central was led by senior Amanda Dilworth who went three-for-three with three RBIs in game two. The split puts the Blue Devils record at 19-12-1 on the season.

April 11, 2011
Montemurro Named Akadema/Northeast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week
Central Connecticut senior pitcher Elizabeth Montemurro was named Akadema/Northeast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon. The senior right hander dominated her competition last week earning the win in three of the Blue Devils four victories. She pitched a complete game in each of her three wins.

April 10, 2011
Softball Splits with Robert Morris
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with Robert Morris University on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils dropped the opening game, but rebounded to win the second one on a three RBI double by sophomore Kate Hoffman. Central improves to 18-11-1 on the season and 6-2 in Northeast Conference action.

April 9, 2011
Montemurro and Bruno Earn Softball a Split with Sacre Heart
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with Sacred Heart University on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils improve to 17-10-1 on the season and 5-1 in Northeast Conference play with the split. The Blue Devils dropped the opening game, but rallied to win the second behind a shut out by senior Elizabeth Montemurro and two run homerun by fresman Arielle Bruno.

April 7, 2011
Softball Runs Winning Streak to School Record 10 Games
The Central Connecticut softball team swept the University of Hartford on Thursday afternoon. The wins run the Blue Devils winning streak to a school record 10 games. The Blue Devils improve to 16-9-1 on the season with the wins. Central's pitchers dominated allowing Hartford only one run and six hits over 13 innings of play. Sophomore Jordan Tingley and senior Elizabeth Montemurro each earned complete game victories over the Hawks on the day.

April 5, 2011
Wednesday?s Softball Doubleheader Canceled
The Central Connecticut softball team has announced the cancellation of Wednesday's doubleheader against Temple. The games will not be rescheduled. The Blue Devils are 14-9-1 on the season and will return to action on Thursday for a pair of games with Hartford. Thursday's first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

April 4, 2011
Senior Amanda Dilworth Named Akadema/NEC Softball Player of the Week
Senior second baseman Amanda Dilworth was named Akadema/Northeast Conference Softball Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. Dilworth posted a .769 batting average over the Blue Devils four victories last week. She was responsible for the big blow, a grand slam, in Central's historic 17 run inning at Princeton on Wednesday.

April 2, 2011
Softball's Winning Streak at Eight Games After Sweep of FDU
The Central Connecticut softball team swept a pair of games from Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils took the opener 8-2 and then came from behind to top the Knights 4-2 in the night cap. The wins give the Blue Devils an eight game winning streak, the longest streak fo Central since 1997. CCSU is now 14-9-1 on the season and 4-0 in Northeast Conference action. Senior Kat Knowles went four-for-six with 4 RBIs including a long two run homerun that proved to be the difference in game two.

April 1, 2011
Head Softball Coach Jeff Franquet Coaches a Rare Double
The 2011 Central Connecticut softball team claimed a spot in NCAA history with a 19-4 victory over Princeton on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Devils scored 17 runs in the second inning of a doubleheader sweep on the road. That number tied for the second most ever in a single inning of a Division I softball game. Despite it only occurring on five occasions, Wednesday's game was not the first time that head coach Jeff Franquet was part of a 17 run inning.

April 1, 2011
Start Time for Saturday's Softball Doubleheader Changed to 2 P.M.
The Central Connecticut softball team will host Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils and Knights will square off in a pair of Northeast Conference games. Game two will begin a few minutes after the compeletion of game one.

March 30, 2011
Softball Completes Historic Sweep of Princeton with 17 Run Inning
The Central Connecticut softball team scored a record setting 17 runs in the second inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Princeton on Wednesday afternoon. Game one was not without its own historical significance as Coach Jeff Franquet picked up his 300th career coaching victory as the Blue Devils took game one 5-4 in extra innings. The 17 run inning is tied for the second most in NCAA softball history.

March 27, 2011
Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Home vs. St. Francis (PA) on Sunday
The Central Connecticut softball team won a pair of one-run games on Sunday and swept a Northeast Conference doubleheader vs. St. Francis (PA) on Sunday. Central won the first game 6-5 and held on for a 5-4 win in the second game. With the wins the Blue Devils are now 10-9-1 overall and 2-0 in NEC play.

March 25, 2011
Saturday's Softball Games Postponed
Saturday's softball games at Long Island University have been postponed due to the cold weather. With temperatures expected to be in the low 20's the Blue Devils and Blackbirds have agreed to postpone tomorrow's games. The games will be played at Long Island on Tuesday April 26. Game one that day will begin at 3 p.m.

March 21, 2011
Tuesday's Softball Games at Holy Cross Postponed
Tuesday's softball games at Holy Cross have been postponed due to weather and poor field conditions. The games will be rescheduled but a definite date and time have yet to be announced. The Central Connecticut softball team is 8-9-1 on the season and the Blue Devils are scheduled to begin Northeast Conference play this weekend. Please continue to check www.CCSUBlueDevils.com for announcements about the rescheduling of the games.

March 17, 2011
Parking Directions for 2011 CCSU Softball Games
The Central Connecticut softball team plays a doubleheader against Yale today, and then returns home for a doubleheader against St. Francis (PA) on March 27. Due to the ongoing construction on the outdoor fields at CCSU, fans will need to park in the commuter lot East Street (Rt. 175), across from the entrance to Route 9 south. The parking lot next to the baseball field in not available for use due to the construction. Directions to the lot are located at the bottom of this story.

March 17, 2011
Softball Sweeps Yale in Doubleheader
The Central Connecticut softball team swept a doubleheader from Yale on Thursday afternoon. The Blue Devils took game one 5-1, before topping the Bulldogs 8-2 in the nightcap. The Blue Devils were anchored by complete game pitching performances from sophomore Jordan Tingley and freshman Julie Marks. Junior Rebecca Mussatti hit for the cycle in the second game. Central is now 8-9-1 on the season after the sweep.

March 13, 2011
Blue Devils Fall to #16 Nebraska
The Central Connecticut softball team fell to #16 Nebraska by a score of 8-3. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 6-9-1 on the season. The Blue Devils scored two runs in the top of the first but were unable to hold off a powerful Nebraska team who scored five runs over the first three innings.

March 12, 2011
Softball Splits Doubleheader on Day Two at USF
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader on its second day of action at the Under Armour Showcase at the University of South Florida. The Blue Devils dropped LaSalle, 10-4, in their first game, but fell to Boston University, 2-1, in their second. The split pushes the Blue Devils record to 6-8-1 on the season.

March 11, 2011
Softball Drops a Pair of Games on Friday
The Central Connecticut softball team dropped a pair of games on Friday. The Blue Devils fell to the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay by a score of 5-2, and then 1-0 against Central Michigan. The losses drop the Blue Devils record to 5-7-1 on the season.

March 10, 2011
Softball Falls to the Dutch National Team
The Central Connecticut softball team played the Netherlands in an exhibition game on Thursday night. The game was played at the University of South Florida, the Blue Devils fell by a score of 5-0.

March 7, 2011
Freshman Arielle Bruno Named NEC Softball Rookie of the Week
Central Connecticut freshman Arielle Bruno was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devil outfielder currently leads her team in batting average with a .379 mark for the season. This past week she recorded eight hits as the Blue Devils went 4-1-1.

March 5, 2011
Softball Finishes Hampton Lady Pirate Classic Undefeated
The Central Connecticut softball team finished the Hampton Lady Pirate Classic undefeated after beating Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils second game of the day, against Brown, ended in a tie after being called for darkness. The game will not be continued. The Blue Devils earned a 7-1 victory over the Scarlet Knights behind the hitting of sophomore Kelsey Barlow. The Blue Devils improve to 5-5-1 on the season after the games.

March 4, 2011
Softball Sweeps Day One at Hampton
The Central Connecticut softball team swept a double header on day one of the Hampton Lady Pirate Classic. The Blue Devils defeated Maryland Eastern Shore 4-3 in extra innings before dropping the host Lady Pirates 11-3. The Blue Devils finished the day at 4-5 for the season with the two wins.

March 3, 2011
Softball Splits With Coppin State
The Central Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader with Coppin State on Thursday evening. The Blue Devils dropped the first game 3-1, but rebounded for a 22-2 victory over the Eagles in the second game. Junior Rebecca Mussatti led the Blue Devil offense accounting for 10 of Central's runs on the day.

February 27, 2011
Blue Devils Fall to Temple Owls 14-6
The Central Connecticut softball team fell to the Temple Owls in their second game of the day at the USf Fairfield Suites Tournament. The Owls came back from a 5-3 lead to score 11 runs in the final three innings to earn a 14-6 victory. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 1-3 on the season.

February 27, 2011
Blue Devils Fall to Perfect Illinois State
The Central Connecticut softball team fell to Illinois State on Sunday morning in their final game at the USF Fairfield Suites Tournament. Illinois State came away with a 9-0, six inning victory, but the story of the game was pitcher Taylor Baxter who threw a perfect game. The Blue Devils fall to 1-4 on the season with the loss.

February 26, 2011
Softball Tops Western Michigan for First Win of the Season
The Central Connecticut softball team defeated Western Michigan 2-1 on Saturday morning at the USF Fairfield Suites Tournament. The Blue Devils improve to 1-2 on the season with the victory. Sophomore Kelsey Barlow drove in both Blue Devil runs in the game.

February 25, 2011
Blue Devils Fall to #5 Alabama
The Central Connecticut softball team fell to #5 Alabama on Friday evening at the USF Fairfield Suits Tournament. The Blue Devils scored first but the Crimson Tide proved to be to strong as they pulled away for a 17-1 victory. Central Connecticut got on the board with an rbi single from sophomore Kelsey Barrlow.

February 24, 2011
Softball Drops Season Opener at USF
The Central Connecticut softball team opened their season on Thursday night at the University of South Florida. The Blue Devils fell to the Bulls by a score of 8-0 to open their season, it was the first game played at USF's new softball facility. Central falls to 0-1 with the loss, but they continue play at the USF Fairfield Suites Tournament tomorrow.

February 15, 2011
Central Softball Picked to Finish Sixth in Preseason Northeast Conference Poll
The Central Connecticut softball team was picked to finish sixth in the preseason Northeast Conference Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The Blue Devils, 19-31 a season ago and 7-11 in NEC play, are under the direction of second year head coach Jeff Franquet. Central begins its season on Feb. 24 at the South Florida Tournament. They will play five games in four days in Tampa.

January 18, 2011
Softball Announces Four Student-Athletes for the Class of 2015
Central Connecticut softball coach Jeff Franquet has announced the signing of four incoming student-athletes for the 2011-12 academic year. The group consists of four high school student-athletes, with a pair of pitchers and a pair of outfielders.

November 10, 2010
Softball Set to Host Camp December 18 & 19
The Central Connecticut softball team will host a camp for all players on December 18 and 19. Players will be welcome to attend either or both of the days. Instruction will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be led by CCSU's head softball coach Jeff Franquet and his staff.

October 25, 2010
Faculty/Staff Win Annual Softball Game
The Central Connecticut softball team held a faculty/staff softball game on Friday afternoon. This was the second year that the Blue Devils held the event which includes a pregame homerun derby for the faculty and staff. The Blue Devil softball team went 'pink' for this year's event wearing pink t-shirts that read 'CCSU Softball Supports' above a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

October 19, 2010
2010 Blue Devil Softball Blood Bowl
The Central Connecticut softball team hosted its second annual Blood Bowl this past weekend. The Blood Bowl is a charity event in which the team is divided evenly for an intrasquad game, with the losing team encouraged to donate blood at the next American Red Cross Blood Drive held on campus. As part of the festivities the players get to pick their own team names, this year's game saw the 'Little Leaguers' mount a huge comeback to defeat the 'Softball Gods', 9-7.

October 18, 2010
Softball Defeats Alumni in Annual Game
The current Central Connecticut softball players defeated the Alumni 6-0. The game, in its second year of existence was played crisply and cleanly by both sides. The game provides current players with an opportunity to fine tune their skills against the former players, while also providing the alumni a chance to reconnect.

October 5, 2010
Softball Named a Division 1 All-Academic Team
The Central Connecticut softball team was named a Division I All-Academic Team for 2009-10 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition to the team award, four student-athletes were named Scholar Athletes by the NFCA. Kendall Sours, Erin Kelley, Abby Harpp and Kate Hoffman all earned national recognition for their success in the classroom.

September 22, 2010
Softball Announces Brunch with the Devils on November 5
Head softball coach Jeff Franquet and the Central Connecticut softball team have announced an opportunity to have Brunch with the Blue Devils on November 5 on the CCSU campus. The brunch will take place in the Constitution Room in Memorial Hall on campus. For more information click on the link below.

August 30, 2010
Softball Announces Tryouts for 2011 Season
On September 20th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Central Connecticut softball team will hold open tryouts for the 2010-11 season. If you are interested in trying out please have the appropriate paperwork completed and returned to the softball office. You will need to have your paperwork completed by Wednesday, September 15th. You will need to bring your spikes, bat, and gloves to the tryout. We will be on the softball field for the tryout.