The Central Connecticut softball team fell short in its two games against Canisius and Western Michigan on Friday, March 10 at the USF Under Armour Series Tournament in Tampa, FL. The Golden Griffins shorted CCSU, 3-1, in the first game of the day, and then the Blue Devils fell, 2-0, to Western Michigan.
Central will look to bounce back in another pair of games tomorrow with a record of 1-7. Canisius improves to 7-7, and the Broncos are now 9-10 on the season.
Freshman Sarah Ogilvie smashed a lead off double to left center in the second inning, who advanced to third on two grounders. Junior Emily Cronin was credited for the RBI single that brought Ogilvie home, scoring the sole run for CCSU.
Canisius tied that game at 1-1 in a pickle play that ended the third inning, and tabbed two additional runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Alex Casanas recorded her first start of the year, going four innings and giving up just three hits, one walk, and one run.
Western Michigan's batters went 3-for-3 and grabbed one run in its first appearance against starting pitcher, Emily Sargent.
After going three-up, three-down in the second and third inning, Sargent faced the Bronco's clean up batter, Marlee Wilson, with runners at first and second with two outs. Sargent put an end to Western Michigan's scoring opportunity, causing Wilson to hit into a routine fly ball to right field.
Junior Tori Constantin singled up the middle of the field in the bottom of the fifth, and McNulla reached first off of a Bronco third base throwing error, but both were left of base heading into the final inning.
Western Michigan tallied another run in the top of the seventh, taking a 2-0 lead over Central with three outs left to play. Freshan Sarah Ogilvie and junior Brittany Camara, grounded out to third and second base, respectively. Rookie Emily Cronin tried to develop a two-out rally with a bunt single, but was snuffed early as Constantin popped up back to Bronco pitcher, Jordan Kurth, to complete Friday morning's contest.
Sargent gave up just five hits in her second complete game in two days. The Blue Devils finished with three hits in the game.
The Blue Devils will play two games tomorrow at the Eddie Moore Softball Complex, in Clearwater, FL. CCSU will face South Dakota State at 9:15 a.m. and then La Salle at 11:30 p.m. A live stream of the games can be found here.