Eastern Connecticut Wins NCAA Softball Regional with 5-1 Victory over Jumbos

MEDFORD – Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore pitcher Morgan Bolduk, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, allowed four hits and one run as the Warriors won the NCAA Softball Medford Regional title with a 5-1 victory over Tufts University on Monday morning.

In the double elimination tournament, Eastern Connecticut (32-11) entered the day needing just one win to clinch the title. Playing as the home team on Tufts' Spicer Field, they scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and Bolduck took care of the rest. Tufts, who needed to win twice on Monday, had a solo home run from senior catcher Christian Cain in the second. The Jumbos (32-10) were playing in their second straight NCAA Regional final.

The Warriors advance to the NCAA Super Regional against either Rowan or MIT. Those two teams are playing a winner-take-all Game 7 in that Regional at MIT on Monday afternoon.

In the top of the first today, a pair of Tufts errors helped lead to three unearned runs by the Warriors. Bolduc led off with a single, and then Tufts couldn't convert the out when the Warriors attempted a sacrifice. Both runs then scored on a Tufts outfield error. Eastern senior 2B Jackie Lewis hit an rbi single making it 3-0.

Tufts got one back on Cain's home run to left leading off the second. However, Bolduk would not allow a hit to the next 12 Jumbo batters.

Meanwhile, the Warriors added two runs in the third. Junior SS Sara Pisannelli led off with a single and came all the way around to score on a double by freshman 1B Brooke Matyasovsky. Another double by junior CF Sabrina LeMere made it 5-1.

Junior LF Emily Serata led off the Tufts fifth with a single, but Eastern turned a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Bolduck struck out two and walked one while improving to 18-1 in the circle, and she was 1 for 3 with a run and an rbi at the plate. Lewis and LeMere both had two hits for the Warriors.

Sophomore Kristina Haghdan started and took the pitching loss for Tufts, allowing five hits and five runs (two earned). Classmate Kristi Van Meter came on in relief and went four innings allowing three hits and no runs with four K's.

For the Warriors, Matyasovsky, LeMere and junior SS Sara Pisanelli were named to the All-Tournament team. Serata, Caporelli and Haghdan were selected for Tufts.