Local college roundup: Mitchell softball wins first-round game

West Hartford -Norwich's Alexandra Blanchette scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete Mitchell College's 3-2 come-from-behind win over Southern Vermont in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference softball tournament at Kingswood Oxford on Thursday.

The third-seeded Mariners (17-17) will play at No. 7 Regis today at noon in the double-elimination phase of the tournament.

Mitchell scored on run in the each of the final three innings.

Waterford's Samantha Ryan singled to lead off the Mitchell fifth and later scored on Jenny Gorman's sacrifice fly.

Shannon O'Neill began the Mariners' sixth inning with a ground rule double and was replaced by Tricia Tomaselli. Tomaselli later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Brittany Fiederlein pitched a six-hitter with two earned runs and seven strikeouts for the Mariners. Also, Shannon O'Neill went 3-for-3, including a double.

Outdoor track & field

• Coast Guard Academy senior Clay Kosack is fourth in the decathlon after the first day of competition in the New England Division III Championships at Springfield College. Kosack, who was second last year and qualified for the nationals, has 3,044 points heading into today's final events.

The leader is MIT's Adrian Samsel (3,557). Kosack was second in the 100-meter dash (11.59 seconds), third in the shot put (36 feet, 5¾ inches), fourth in the long jump (19-5¼), fourth in the 400 (52.02) and 10th in the jump jump (5-3). CGA's Kaci Rex, a freshman, is 10th with 2,686 points.

Baseball

• Top-seeded Mitchell will play host No. 4 Elms today 11 a.m. in the opening round of the NECC tournament. The four-team double-elimination event will be played today, Saturday and Sunday at Mitchell with Sunday's champion earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament.

In today's other opening round game, No. 2 Becker plays No. 3 Lesley at 3 p.m.

• Avery Point begins its Region 21 Division II best-of-three championship series against Community College of Rhode Island today at Warwick, R.I.

Today's game starts at 4 p.m., and Saturday's game is at noon. Game 3, if necessary, would be played Sunday at 1 p.m.

Honors

• Connecticut College midfielder Hannah Donegan was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in women's lacrosse. Donegan, a freshman, had 20 goals and five assists, including a career best five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in a 10-9 win over Wesleyan on April 23.

• Conn College junior attack Derek Bertolini was named the the All-NESCAC second team in men's lacrosse. Bertolini scored 21 goals and was fourth in the NESCAC with 44 assists. His 44 assists broke Conn's single-season record of 43 set by Damien DePeter in 1995.

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