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WCSU

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Western Connecticut State edged top-ranked Luther 1-0 in eight innings on Sunday.

Luther was previously hitting .433 as a team but was shut down by senior ace Magen Dargon. Dargon was in the zone as she struck out nine Norse batters and pitched a complete-game shutout.

In the top of the seventh, Dargon found herself in trouble with the bases load, but pitched her way out of it. 

Luther collected only five hits off of Dargon.

Senior outfielder Jackie Zilnicki was 2 for 2 in the game with a walk.

The game worked its way into extra innings after being scoreless through regulation, making it to the bottom of the eighth inning.

After Luther left a runner on second base in the top of the inning, Western Connecticut responded.

Sophomore Jessica Caturano successfully sacrifice bunted, advancing Danielle Locke to third base. One batter later, senior Kristin Ferrante drilled a single to right field, allowing Locke to score from third base to win the game.

In the nightcap, Western Connecticut State could not capitalize on the adrenaline from the opener, suffering a 12-4 loss to Chicago in a game that saw a lot of action for Western’s 10 freshmen. 

Western found a groove in the fourth inning, collecting three of its six hits and scoring three runs, but it was not enough.

The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning, due to the run rule, with an RBI single by Chicago.

Sophomore Stephanie Moss took the circle for the Colonials. Moss was relieved by senior Jackie Zilnicki in the fourth inning to get Western out of a jam. Coming on in the fifth inning was freshmen pitcher Ally Emerson who finished the game.