The Central Connecticut softball team edged the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 3-1, in its opening game of the Elon Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Hunt Softball Park in Elon, NC. Senior Evie Rentzel delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out RBI double in the top of the fourth inning to lift the Blue Devils to victory. It marks the third straight win for the Blue Devils as they improve to 4-6 overall on the season.
The Golden Grizzles, who fall to 4-10 on the year with the loss, got on the scoreboard first plating their only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs and nobody on, senior Sarah Hartley blasted a solo shot over the left-center field wall to give Oakland an early 1-0 lead.
The Blue Devils responded immediately though and answered with a pair of runs in the top half of the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Following a pair of groundouts, CCSU put together a two-out rally as sophomore Alexis Debrosse got things started with a double to left field. Senior Eileen Purcell then tied the game after she singled to short and the Oakland shortstop threw the ball away attempting to get Purcell out at first, which allowed Debrosse to scamper home to make it 1-1. Rentzel followed with the clutch hit of the game sending a double into the right-center field gap to bring home Purcell and put the Blue Devils up 2-1.
Central then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning off the bat of sophomore Brittany Camara to make it 3-1 Blue Devils. Classmate Tori Constantin led off the final frame with a single to left field. She was pinch run for by freshman Carli Shaw who was moved up to second following a successful sacrifice bunt by senior Hannah Cooper and then driven home by Camara. Sophomore Emily Sargent didn't allow any hope for a late comeback as she set the Golden Grizzlies down in order to secure the 3-1 victory.
Sargent was brilliant inside the circle once again for the Blue Devils. After posting a three-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader against Hartford on Wednesday, she followed allowing just one run on four hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts on Friday. She faced 26 batters, just five over the minimum, and fired 71 strikes in 104 total pitches. The win improves her record to 3-1 on the year in the circle.
Central had six hits in the win. Purcell led the way and was the only player on either team with a multi-hit game finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Rentzel and Camara each finished 1-for-3 with a RBI.
The Blue Devils will return to the diamond tomorrow for the second day of the Elon Softball Tournament. They will play a split doubleheader squaring off in a rematch with Oakland at 10 a.m. before taking on Niagara at approximately 4:45 p.m.
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May 11, 2016 Rentzel, Purcell Named All-Northeast Conference
April 30, 2016 Sunday Doubleheader Moved to 10:00 a.m. Start
April 30, 2016 Softball Falls Twice at Bryant on Saturday
April 24, 2016 Softball Swept by LIU Brooklyn on Sunday
April 17, 2016 Softball Splits With Wagner at Home on Sunday
April 16, 2016 Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Against the Mount in NEC Opener
April 13, 2016 Softball Falls to Instate Rival UConn on Wednesday
April 9, 2016 Softball's Western Pennsylvania Trip Postponed
April 4, 2016 Softball Cancels Midweek Game Against Providence
March 31, 2016 Softball Shuts Out Holy Cross Twice on the Road Thursday
March 28, 2016 Softball Doubleheader vs. Binghamton Moved to Tuesday
March 24, 2016 Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Yale on Thursday
March 13, 2016 Softball Falls to Elon in Extra Innings on Sunday
March 12, 2016 Softball Sweeps Two Games Saturday
March 11, 2016 Softball Edges Oakland in Elon Softball Tournament Opener
March 9, 2016 Softball Blanks Hartford Twice Wednesday
February 27, 2016 Softball Falls Twice on Day Two of Felsburg Tournament
February 26, 2016 Softball Drops Two to Open Felsburg Tournament on Friday
February 25, 2016 Softball Opens 2016 Season at FIU Thursday Night
February 25, 2016 Cooper Delivers Game-Winner as Softball Tops FIU in Season Opener, 6-5
February 11, 2016 Softball Slotted Fourth in NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
January 19, 2016 Gleason Announced to UNH Hall of Fame Class of 2016