Softball Splits with UMass Lowell

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven softball team split a Northeast-10 Conference double header Sunday afternoon

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when they hosted UMass Lowell.  The Chargers fell in the opening game 2-6, returning in the second game to defeat the River Hawks 3-0.  New Haven’s record moved to 22-18 overall while UMass Lowell moved to 30-13.

Game One

After a scoreless first inning, the Chargers took the lead in the bottom of the second when freshman Sadie Redman (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) scored on a single by Brandy Dianno (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy).  Redman reached the bases earlier in the inning on a single to left field.  The River Hawks tied the game up in the top of the third inning off of a solo homerun.  They added to their lead in the following inning, scoring off of two hits.

The Chargers collected their only other run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Amy Nepi (New Castle, Del./St. Elizabeth ) scored from second base off of a single up the middle by Shannon Angehr (Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue ).  The River Hawks regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four runs on four hits including a three RBI homer.

Keri Tricinelli (Brick, N.J./Monsignor Donovan), who relieved Kelsey Malloy (Clarksburg, Mass./Drury) in the fourth inning, suffered her first loss for the Chargers.  She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out two.  With the loss, her record falls to 2-1.

Angehr led the Chargers at the plate in the first game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Dianno also added to the offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI as well.

Game Two

After another scoreless first inning, the Chargers once again took the early lead in the bottom of the second.  Jess Spivey (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) started the inning with a single up the middle, followed by another single by Brooke Fisher (Erial, N.J./Camden Catholic).  Freshman Redman advanced the runners on a successful bunt up the third base line.  Gilly Childs (Los Angeles, Calif./Notre Dame Academy) collected the RBI on a sacrifice fly.

  The game remained scoreless until the Chargers stretched their lead in the bottom of the fifth.  Angehr collected a double in the inning, scoring when Lindsey Couturier (Dighton, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional) slammed a two RBI homerun over the left field fence.  The River Hawks were unable to recover any runs in the second game.

Alana Wesche (Oxford, Conn./Naugatuck) collected the win in the seven inning shutout.  She allowed only three hits and two walks, gave up no runs and struck out three.  With the victory, her record improves to 13-8.

Redman went 2-for-3 at the plate in the win while Couturier collected two RBI, going 1-for-3 at the plate.

New Haven returns to action in another Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17 as they host cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State University. Game time at the UNH Softball Field is set for 2 p.m. For complete coverage, stay posted to www.NewHavenChargers.com.