Central Sweeps on Senior Day

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut softball team honored their senior class of 2014 Sunday in the best possible way: by sweeping conference opponent Mount St. Mary’s 3-2 and 2-0 to clinch their second straight Northeast Conference tournament appearance.

“This was a really big win for us,” said Arielle Bruno, one of four seniors honored before the game. “We’ve struggled all year, and we know we had to win both games to go the NECs, so we’re really excited about it.”

Tessa Brown, Emily Pogemiller, Julie Marks and Bruno were acknowledged before game one’s first pitch for the work and effort they have put into the team in their four years in New Britain.

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Swept

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut softball team, following the weekend, has played in three Northeast Conference double headers. All of them have been swept.

But this weekend’s games against LIU-Brooklyn on Saturday and Wagner on Sunday did not see the Blue Devils celebrating at the end of both days.

The Blackbirds (13-24, 2-2 NEC) took both games from Central (15-11, 4-2 NEC) on Saturday, blanking the Blue Devils in game one 4-0 before winning in extras — 4-3 — in game two.

Central had edged LIU-Brooklyn in the NEC preseason poll by a 5-4 vote to be named number one heading into the season.

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Evie Rentzel vs. SHU (3-29-14) (Devin Leith-Yessian))

Softball Sweeps Sacred Heart to Open NEC Play

Messina:Debrosse vs SHU (3-29-14) (Ernestina Souza)

 

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut softball team was looking for a fast start to conference play this season. Thanks to a sweep of Sacred Heart on Saturday, and some timely weather postponing all other Northeast Conference games, the Blue Devils now sit firmly in first place.

“It’s huge,” said acting head coach Breanne Gleason. “In this conference, with us dropping two teams, every win is going to count. I told the girls we have to go at every single team.”

“We want to host it here, we want to play here, and we want to make it to the tournament,” added senior Laura Messina. “And that means we have to win every game. No let up.”

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Softball Shakes Off Rust

by Sean Begin

With two tournaments in Florida and Virginia to open the season, the Central Connecticut softball team used the warmer Southern climates to help thaw out their offense, returning to New Britain Sunday evening with a respectable 5-3 record.

“In Florida we were pressing a lot at the plate,” said acting head coach Breanne Gleason. “Since it was our first games [of the season] we were pretty pumped and I think that showed at the plate that our heads were a little bit all over the place.”

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Through Three Head Coaches, Toke Emerges as Leader

by Sean Begin

When a student-athlete coming out of high school chooses a school to play for, they usually do so expecting to remain there for several years, earning a degree while playing a sport they love for a coach that they think can help improve their ability on the field.

But when you go through three coaches in four years, that growth can sometimes be stifled. In some cases, like Amanda Toke, you work through it, and come out a better athlete and person thanks to the time with those coaches, however brief it may be.

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