The Central Connecticut softball team continued its win streak topping the Saint Francis Red Flash by a score of 8-5 in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday at the CCSU Softball Field. The win marks the 11th-straight victory for Central which marks the longest win streak in CCSU history. The Blue devils are now 19-9 overall and 9-0 in NEC play.
Sophomore Laura Messina took to the circle in game one against the Red Flash (16-14, 1-2 NEC). She struck out 10 batters and improves her season record to 14-5.
The Blue Devils got out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Kat Malcolm, who is ranked 40th in runs per game, nationally, singled to the second baseman and was brought across the plate on a hard shot to right center by Nicole Springer. Springer doubled on the play but was left on base to end the inning with Central up 1-0.
Malcolm added three more for the Blue Devils on a left field bomb, her sixth of the season, in the bottom of the third inning. She drove in freshman Brittany Ernst, who reached on a walk, and junior Arielle Bruno who reached on a successful bunt. Junior Tessa Brown singled to left field with one out and senior Kelsey Barlow, who holds the CCSU home run record, kept the hitting going with her 23rd career home run over the left-field fence. Central exited the inning with a 6-0 lead.
The Red Flash got on the board in the top of the fourth inning on a homer to left field by Chelsea Rex. She drove in three for Saint Francis to cut the Blue Devil lead in half, 6-3.
Central added two more in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to five. Freshman Hannah Cooper led off the inning with a single down the left field line. She was followed up by single from Ernst. With two runners on, Springer launched her second double of the game to plate both Cooper and Ernst, 8-3 Central.
In the top of the sixth, lead off SFU batter Kate Blattenberger sent a homer over the left field fence to add another on the board for the Red Flash. Freshman Sabrie Neeb sent another over the fence in the top of the seventh to end the scoring.
The Blue Devils tallied 12 hits in the game. Game two of the doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m.