College roundup Bridgeport wins ECC softball championship
Former Amity High star Jenna DiLorenzo, the tournament MVP, had a home run and Amanda Staheli had her second consecutive shutout to lead Bridgeport to a 3-0 win over LIU Post in the ECC softball tournament championship game.
Staheli scattered four hits against the ECC regular-season champions to pick up her third win in the tournament and 19th victory this season as the Purple Knights earned a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Kaira Ramon had a pair of runs scored while Kamryn Beach had two hits for Bridgeport (33-14) which was winless in the 2018 ECC tournament and finished that season with a 25-25 record.
Quinnipiac 3-1, Niagara 0-10: The Bobcats won the opener 3-0 as Kendall Brundett allowed five hits in six innings and Kayla Jensen drove in all three runs in a homer in the fifth inning. Hensen and Bridget Nasir had two hits each in a 10-1 loss in the second game.
TRACK AND FIELD
Owls win NE-10 title: Jack Brown, Milan Spisek and Jesse Nelson took the top three spots in the pole vault to lead Southern Connecticut State to the Northeast-10 men’s outdoor track and field title.
SCSU’s Jaylynn Ellerbe-Cundiff (long jump) and Kade Amster (hammer throw) were also individual champions while the Owls’ team of Aaron Rattley, Elijah Henry, Luke Velez and Nigel Green won the 4x100 relay in 40.87 seconds, a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division II championships.
SCSU finished with 207 points to easily outdistance Merrimack’s second-place total of 119.
In the women’s competition, SCSU’s Nicole White, Chaslynn Saucier, Briana Burt and Oceana Williams won the 4x100 relay in a time of 47.32, Erin McKeewon the hammer throw with a Division II provisional qualifying throw of 172-4 as the Owls finished third behind Stonehill and Assumption.
Marist 15, Quinnipiac 14: The Bobcats twice pulled within a goal in the final 8 minutes before falling in the MAAC title game.
Foster Cuomo had four goals and two assists while Will Abbott, Jake Tomsik, Mike Fletcher and Tyler Mackay had two goals each for the Bobcats who were looking for their first MAAC tournament title since 2016.
Nick DiMuccio had 11 saves for the Bobcats (9-7).
Merrimack 15, New Haven 11: The Chargers cut a seven-goal deficit to three with just under 10 minutes remaining but were unable to complete the comeback in the Northeast-10 semifinals.
Senior Makenzie Reh had five goals as she finished her career tied for second all-time in program history with current assistant coach Ashley Wolcott (Ferrandiz) with 186 career goals
Gianna Guerra made 10 saves in net for the Chargers (12-7) who were looking to advance to the NE-10 title game against undefeated Le Moyne.
Tufts 11, Wesleyan 8: Abby Manning had three goals and an assist to set the single-season program record with 65 points in Wesleyan’s loss in the NESCAC semifinals.
Manning also had five draw controls for Wesleyan, which only trailed 5-4 at halftime despite allowing the first four goals of the game.
Wesleyan (14-3) will find out on Sunday night if it will receive a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Southern Maine 15, Western Connecticut 9: Jasmine Coleman had three goals and Caroline Galligan scored twice in the Colonials’ loss in the Little East semifinals.
Jennifer Sawicki had seven of her eight saves in the second half for WCSU (14-4).
Fairfield 6-1, Niagara 5-4: Dylan Reynolds had three hits and Giacomo Brancato three RBIS to lead the Stags to the win in the opening game.
Michael Sansone allowed just one run on four hits and five strikeouts with Eli Oliphant recording the final out after Niagara scored three times in the ninth inning to make it a one-run game.
Austin Pope would retire the last 13 batters he faced, while striking out the last five Purple Eagles in the game. Pope would tally a career-high 11 strikeouts for Fairfield in the second game.
Jack Gethings led the Stags with three hits in the setback, putting his career total to 259, which is just four shy of tying Tucker Nathans for the program record. His 76 hits also ties him for second on the program’s single season list, just one away from tying Jake Salpietro for the single season record.
Saint Rose 6-4, New Haven 5-6: Andrew Garcia had two hits and drove in two runs while relievers Dominic Rutigliano and Izaiya Mestre combined to allow no runs and two hits while striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings as the Chargers salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Garcia and Noah Budzik had two hits each in the opener for New Haven.