The Central Connecticut softball team continues to make history. Today, Saturday, May 11, the Blue Devils have the chance to bring home the first NEC Championship trophy in the history of CCSU softball. The game is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. and Central will face #4 seed and defending NEC Champions, LIU Brooklyn, in the NEC Championship game.
"I am so proud of our team," Head Coach Jeff Franquet said. "This has been our goal all season. They have worked very hard to get here and now they know it's time to focus, concentrate on this game and hopefully bring home the trophy."
As the winningest squad in Central history (34), the Blue Devils have had an impressive tournament run thus far. Sophomore Laura Messina has allowed just 14 hits in 14 innings and posted 15 strikeouts. The All-NEC First Teamer has also allowed just five runs in two games in the tournament.
At the plate, two fellow All-NEC First Teamers have smacked three home runs in the first two games of the tournament. One came from sophomore, and NEC Player of the Year, Kat Malcolm in game one against Monmouth in the bottom of the first inning. The other two were sent over the fence by senior Nicole Springer in Central's second game of the tournament against LIU Brooklyn. Both are now tied with senior Kelsey Barlow for the single-season home run record (10) and all three have the potential to take the record in today's game.
The Blue Devils are headed into the championship game undefeated in tournament play. In the double-elimination tournament, a team must lose twice to be eliminated. If a second championship game is necessary, it will be held on Sunday at a time to be announced.