Falcons clipped 5-1 in game one; blanked 2-0 in game two
FITCHBURG, Mass. (April 26, 2011) – The Fitchburg State softball team dropped a pair of games to Worcester State University this afternoon, falling 5-1 and 2-0 in a MASCAC doubleheader at Coolidge Park.
Worcester State 5, Fitchburg State 1
Worcester State scored five runs on six hits in the opening contest of the afternoon, picking up their 20th win of the season with a 5-1 victory.
Junior Lauren Besozzi (Milford, Mass./Milford) led the Lancers, hitting 2-for-3 with a triple and a three RBI, while sophomore Kylene Pease (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) finished 1-for-2, with a double, two runs scored and one RBI.
Worcester State wasted no time getting on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame fueled by a Fitchburg State, two-out scoring error. The Lancers padded their lead in the fourth on a two-run triple from Besozzi's two-run triple before capping their scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
Fitchburg State broke its scoring silence in the bottom of the frame as senior Lauren Donell (Ayer, Mass./Ayer) doubled and pinch runner Alycia McGrail (N. Brookfield, Mass./N. Brookfield) would come around to score on a wild pitch.
Senior Michaella Mahoney (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) picked up the win for the Lancers, allowing only one run on two hits. Junior Allison Cousins (Leominster, Mass./Leominster) took the loss for the Falcons, yielding five runs (two earned) on six hits and three K's.
Donell and senior Karen Skoczylas (Palmer, Mass./Palmer) notched the lone hits for Fitchburg State.
Worcester State 2, Fitchburg State 0
In the day's second contest, Worcester State received a strong pitching effort from sophomore Hannah Everson (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) who tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Lancers to their tenth conference victory.
Everson out-dueled Fitchburg State senior Nicole Monroe (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) who limited Worcester State to only two runs and nine hits over seven innings of work. Emerson held the Falcons to only three hits in the contest while posting eight K's over seven innings of work.
After two scoreless innings of play, Worcester State got on the board in the third, using an RBI single from Pease to take a 1-0 lead. The Lancers increased their lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Carolyn Hassett (Charlton, Mass./Sheppard Hill) before giving way to Everson for the victory.
Junior Erica Cordio (Leominster, Mass,/Leominster) led the Lancers offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double, while Besozzi notched a 2-for-3 performance in the nightcap. Donell and Skoczylas led the Falcons game two offense with one hit apiece, while freshman Shannon Fitzgerald (Blackstone, Mass./Blackstone Regional) added a single.
Fitchburg State (13-20, 5-7 MASCAC) returns to action tomorrow as it hosts New England College at 3 p.m. Worcester State (21-9, 10-2 MASCAC) returns to action Thursday as it travels to Anna Maria at 3:30 p.m.