FITCHBURG, Mass. – With the Academy's softball field only just recovering from the four March nor'easters, Mass Maritime's softball squad has been forced into late action. With only two doubleheaders under their belts, the Buccaneers started MASCAC play today and ran into a hot-hitting Fitchburg State University team, dropping the doubleheader 14-0 and 7-3.
In the opener, the Falcons put four runs on the board in the first frame before exploding for 10 runs in the third as three Maritime errors led to eight unearned runs. Melissa Cochrane's (0-3) early season success did not carry over as she lasted only 2 1/3 frames. Jenna Nalette finished up with 1 2/3 excellent relief innings, scattering two hits without walking a batter.
Taylor Colvin (3-2) pitched a one-hitter for FSU, striking out six and permitting only one free pass. Jill Corrazzini had the safety against Colvin, while Michaela Keenan had three hits and three RBI for the hosts. Michelle LeBlanc had a double and a triple, while Maddie Medina collected three singles.
Nalette continued her renaissance in the circle, recovering from an error and two hits in a two-run first to pitch her first complete game.
It took a while for the Buccaneer bats to get going, but in the sixth, Corrazzini followed a Lucia Buzzell single with a two-out double to center field. Madison Ovadek followed with a RBI-single, racing to second as the throw went home. Carli Thomas stroked a two-bagger of her own to plate Ovadek and bring MMA to a one-run deficit at 4-3.
Alas, an error in the bottom half of the frame led to a three-run inning and Falcon starter Emma Campbell bore down for a 1-2-3 ninth and the 7-3 victory.
Nalette (0-3) worked around nine hits and a single walk, allowing only three earned runs, dropping her season ERA to 4.88. Campbell (2-3) also gave up three earned, striking out seven in seven frames while allowing only five hits with no base on balls.
Ovadek had two singles in the loss, while Corazzini had hits on both ends of the twinbill.
The women (0-6, 0-2) will head right back to the diamond tomorrow, with first pitch in a non-conference doubleheader at Wentworth Institute (2-12) scheduled for 10 a.m.
Gabriel Fidler, Sports Information Associate