Hartford Hawks Athletics – Softball Drops America East Opener Doubleheader Against UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – The Hartford softball team dropped their first America East game of the season in a doubleheader against UMass Lowell. The Hawks dropped Game 1, 8-0, and lost Game 2, 9-4. Hartford drops to 11-12 on the season and 0-2 in conference, while UMass Lowell drops to 17-11 overall and 2-0 against conference opponents.


After a scoreless first inning, UMass Lowell took a 5-0 lead after the second. Mara Sczecienski gave the Hawks a runner in scoring position after lining up a single to center field followed by Emma Curry get hit by a throw. However, the River Hawks would keep the Hawks off the board. UMass Lowell would add to their lead late in the fourth, eventually earning an 8-0 win in the opener.


UMass Lowell got off to a flying start in Game 2 against Hartford, putting up six points on the board in Game 1. The Hawks bats were kept at bay until the fourth inning where Ally Beck gave the offense a jolt after launching a two-point shot over the left field fence, making it 6-2. The River Hawks extended their lead immediately afterward, tacking on two more runs late in the fifth to extend their lead to 9-2. Hartford was able to respond with two more runs in the sixth off consecutive sacrificial flies from Samantha Nagel and Beck. Despite efforts to mount a comeback and silence the River Hawks bats, the Hawks fell in Game 2, 9-4.


  • Julianna Kocenski (6-5) got the start in Game 1, taking the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits and a walk while totaling four strikeouts in 3.2 innings
  • Haley Cassidy and Sczecienski recorded the only hits for the Hawks in Game 1
  • Caylee English (5-3) got the start in Game 2, allowing nine runs, five unearned, on 10 hits and four walks in 4.2 innings of work
  • Map of Laurent came on as relief in both games, giving up a hit in 1.2 innings of work
  • Beck was the Hawks’ main threat on the flat of Game 2
  • She hit her second home run of the season and drove home three of Hartford’s four runs


The Hawks return to the diamond tomorrow to wrap up their three-game set against UMass Lowell. The first pitch at River View Softball Field is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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