SCSU ousted, New Haven advances in NE-10 softball tournament
No. 1 seed Southern Connecticut State dropped two games on Friday and is eliminated. The Owls will still earn a berth in next week's NCAA tournament but their top seed is in jeopardy. If SCSU is ranked first or second it will host a tourney site at Yale. If they fall to three they'll be on the road.
Despite hitting four home runs, including a pair of blasts from senior Jessica Rosa, the No. 18 nationally ranked Southern was eliminated from the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament on Friday evening with an 8-5 loss to Assumption.
Le Moyne defeated Southern 2-1 in the first game.
The Owls fell to 37-10 on the year and will now wait to learn of their NCAA Tournament opponent when the selections are announced on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Assumption (30-16) advances to play either Le Moyne or New Haven in another elimination game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Southern fell behind 5-0 in the second game before Kate Hoffman connected for her fifth home run of the year. The next inning, Kristin Whitley started a three-run rally with a solo shot, her third long ball of the year. Then, after a walk to Alyssa Downs, Rosa launched a blast over the center field wall to get the Owls within a run.
However, Assumption scored three times in the sixth to push its lead to 8-4. Rosa homered again in the seventh to close the scoring for the Owls.
In the opener LeMoyne scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for the win.
No. 7 New Haven moved to the semifinal round with an 8-3 win over Assumption. The Chargers (29-18) will face fourth-seeded Le Moyne today at 1 p.m.
Kelsey Malloy picked up the win in relief of Alana Wesche. She allowed one run in six innings while fanning five.
Jess Spivey and Gilly Childs homered for New Haven and Shannon Angehr had two hits and two RBIs.