April 24, 2010 – NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomores Jayme Larson (Aurora, Colo.) and Jessica Rosa (Wallingford, Conn.) each collected wins in the circle on Saturday afternoon, as the Southern Connecticut State University softball team celebrated its annual ‘Think Pink Party’ by cruising past Saint Michael’s in a doubleheader at Pelz Field. The Owls defeated the Purple Knights by the final score of 8-0 in game one, followed by an 8-2 decision in game two.
With the wins, Southern improved to 29-9, 17-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, moving to within just one game of the conference leader, New Haven.
Southern got the bats going early on in game one, scoring four runs on seven hits in the first inning. Brittany Bucko (Wallington, Conn.), Khristle Lee (Aztec, N.M.), Megan Caporossi (Northford, Conn.) and Kristin Whitley (North Andover, Mass.) all crossed the dish on hits from Lee, Kerry Iacomini (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) and Alyssa Downs (Seymour, Conn.), for a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Owls added another in the third and capped off the scoring column with three more in the fourth inning, enforcing the Mercy Rule. Caporossi provided the big hit with a two-run homerun to leftfield, her eighth of the campaign.
Larson only needed one of the eight runs, as she tossed a complete game shutout. Larson did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out six batters for her team-leading 11th win of the season.
Game two featured another quick start from the Owls, as Caporossi and Alyssa Pagano (Monroe, Conn.) produced the first two runs on back-to-back hits. Caporossi’s triple pushed Bucko across for the first run, followed by an RBI single from Pagano to score Caporossi from third. SCSU controlled a 2-0 advantage through one inning of play.
The Owls continued to swing the bats well, adding three runs in the second and another in the fourth. Pagano eventually capped off the scoring summary with a two-run blast to left field for an 8-2 lead.
Rosa pitched five strong innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out two for her third win of the season. Brittany Hill (Durham, Conn.) relieved Rosa in the sixth and pitched two perfect frames to conclude the sweep.
The Owls return to action tomorrow, April 25 when the squad hosts Franklin Pierce on Senior Day at Pelz Field. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.
So. Conn. State 8, Saint Michael’s 0 (Apr 24, 2010 at New Haven, Conn.) (Game 1)
Saint Michael’s….. 000 00 – 0 0 1 (8-23, 3-18 NE-10)
So. Conn. State….. 401 3X – 8 15 0 (28-9, 16-3 NE-10)
Pitchers: Saint Michael’s – Mercik, L.. So. Conn. State – Jayme Larson.
Win-Jayme Larson(11-5) Loss-Mercik, L.(0-1) T-0:50 A-181
HR SCSU – Megan Caporossi.
So. Conn. State 8, Saint Michael’s 2 (Apr 24, 2010 at New Haven, Conn.) (Game 2)
Saint Michael’s….. 010 010 0 – 2 6 4 (8-24, 3-19 NE-10)
So. Conn. State….. 230 102 X – 8 12 0 (29-9, 17-3 NE-10)
Pitchers: Saint Michael’s – Frank, Steph. So. Conn. State – Jessica Rosa; Brittany Hill(6).
Win-Jessica Rosa(3-0) Loss-Frank, Steph(5-12) T-1:15 A-181
HR STM – Condon, Kate.
HR SCSU – Alyssa Pagano.