Softball Hangs Tight With Michigan State on Saturday

Softball Hangs Tight With Michigan State on Saturday

Designated as the home team, Central Connecticut led the Michigan State Spartans 4-2 heading into the final inning on Friday night at FIU Softball Stadium after scoring all four runs in a huge second inning. With two outs and a huge upset over their Big Ten opponent in the sights of the Blue Devils, MSU went 3-for-3 with a double, single and the game-winning three-run homer to center field.

CCSU (2-2) fell 5-4 in the end after leaving two runners left on base in the bottom of the seventh to Michigan State (6-6).

Sophomore pitcher Peyton Silverman recorded her first complete game and moves her record to 0-2. The Spartans out-hit CCSU 11-9 for the game. 

MSU's Caitie Ladd granted the first run of the ball game with a solo homer to left field in the top of the second inning.

CCSU's lead-off hitter, senior Brittany Camara rocketed a single to the left side of the field with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the second to score freshman Megan Dugas and tie the game at 1-1. Senior Lex Debrosse would then rip a double to the left center gap, sending home all three Central baserunners giving the Blue Devils a 4-1 edge. 

Michigan State responded with a RBI sac fly in the top of the third to make it a 4-2 contest until the seventh inning.

With two runners in scoring position, the Spartans chose Kelcey Carrasco as the designated hitter in the do-or-die situation. Carrasco delivered the three-run jack on cue, leaving a chance for the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh. 

After a quick fly out, senior Gianna Hathaway singled to short and freshman Sydney Bolan doubled to right field to put CCSU in a great position to tie the game. 

However, Michigan State's reliever Kristinia Zalewski retired junior Kerri Dadalski and senior Brittany McNulla to conclude the game. 

Camara, Hathaway and Bolan all went 2-for-4 to lead the Blue Devils at the plate.

The Central Connecticut softball team will face the ACC's Boston College on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 10:00 a.m. in its final game of the FIU Felsberg Invitational.