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.
UMASS LOWELL 8, HARTFORD 0 (5 hostel)
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 9, HARTFORD 4
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
- 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
NEXT ON PRESS
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.