WNE Rallies to Win 2018 CCC Softball Tournament Championship

WNE Rallies to Win 2018 CCC Softball Tournament Championship


BEVERLY, Mass. – The third-seeded Western New England University softball team used a five-run seventh inning rally to earn an 8-4 victory over top-seeded Endicott College and claim the program's second Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship on Saturday afternoon at Endicott's Softball Complex.

The Golden Bears (24-16) held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before the Gulls (30-6) pulled ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Western New England's late comeback secured the team's first CCC title since 2015 and seventh conference championship overall. The Golden Bears will be making their seventh all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.

Top Performers
• Seniors Lindsay Williams (Coventry, Conn.) and Jenn Luba (Plymouth, Conn.) and sophomore Mallory Donelan (Mineola, N.Y.) led the Golden Bears offensively. Williams went 3-for-3 with a walk, one RBI and three runs scored, while Donelan drove in two runs and Luba hit a three-run homer. All three players played a key role in the seventh inning rally, as Williams recorded the game-tying RBI single and Donelan drove in the go-ahead run before Luba provided insurance with her three-run shot to left field.
• Sophomore Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) earned the win (10-6) in the circle for the Golden Bears after coming on in relief and allowing just one hit over the final 2.2 innings. Classmate Paige Uliase (Meriden, Conn.) started the contest and gave up two earned runs over 4.1 innings.
• Endicott junior Gina DeMilt (Princeton, N.J.) recorded two hits, while classmate Hayley Arduini (Southington, Conn.) drove in two runs for the Gulls.

Game Review
Western New England jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as Kistner hit an RBI double to center field and freshman Cassidy Howe (North Andover, Mass.) added a sacrifice fly to put the Golden Bears ahead early.

After the Gulls tied the contest with the help of two Western New England errors in the fourth, the Golden Bears reclaimed a 3-2 edge in the fifth when Donelan capped a 10-pitch at-bat with an RBI single to left field.

Endicott pulled ahead (5-4) for the first time in the bottom half of the inning, however, as Arduini came up with the bases loaded and lifted a two-run double deep to left field.

Still trailing by a run in the top of the seventh, Western New England put together the game-winning rally with five runs on four hits. Freshman Allie Buzzeo (Stamford, Conn.) got it started with a one-out infield single, and sophomore Sydney Pounds (Milford, Mass.) followed with a bunt single.  Williams came up next and tied the contest with an RBI single to right center, and Donelan drove in the go-ahead run before Luba hit a three-run homer to left to give the Golden Bears a four-run cushion. 

Kistner sealed the victory with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, retiring the final two batters by strikeout.

Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.



2018 CCC Softball Tournament Schedule


Friday, April 27
(Hosted by higher seeds)

Game 1 - #8 Gordon def. #5 University of New England, 2-0 | BOX

Saturday, April 28
(Hosted by higher seeds)

Game 2 - #7 Nichols def. #6 Curry, 3-1 | BOX


Saturday, April 28

Game 3 - #8 Gordon def. #4 Salve Regina, 4-1 | BOX
Game 4 -
#3 Western New England def. #7 Nichols, 3-1 | BOX
Game 5 - #1 Endicott def. #8 Gordon, 10-1 (5 Innings) | BOX
Game 6 - #3 Western New England def. #2 Eastern Nazarene, 2-1 | BOX

Friday, May 4

Game 7 - #2 Eastern Nazarene def. #4 Salve Regina, 2-0 | BOX
Game 8 - #7 Nichols def. #8 Gordon, 1-0 | BOX
Game 9 - #2 Eastern Nazarene def. #7 Nichols, 4-1 | BOX
Game 10 -
#3 Western New England def. #1 Endicott, 2-1 (8 Innings) | BOX

Saturday, May 5
(at Endicott)

Game 11 - #1 Endicott def. #2 Eastern Nazarene, 4-3 | BOX  
Game 12 - #3 Western New England def. #1 Endicott, 8-4 | BOX



The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.

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