WESTFIELD, Mass. - Westfield State University's freshman Emily Arredondo (Woburn, Mass.) pitched a four-hit shutout to help lead the softball team to an 8-0 victory in the first round of the MASCAC tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Arredondo went five innings, allowing no runs on four hits.
The Owls' improve to 15-18 overall while the Falcons end their season with a record of 13-20.
Westfield State came out hot in the first inning, scoring five of their eight runs that began with an RBI single from senior Maddy Atkocaitis (Westfield, Mass.). Freshman teammate Lindsay Cordopatri (Walpole, Mass.) reached home on a fielder's choice to gain the 2-0 lead.
An RBI single from junior Karly Mastello (Russell, Mass. / Westfield) followed by an RBI groundout from senior Angelica Banning (East Granby, Conn. / Suffield) extended their lead by two.
Owls' senior Michaela LeBlanc (Marblehead, Mass.) drove in another run with a single of her own to make it 5-0 going into the second inning.
Westfield State responded with three more runs in the bottom of the second, to quell any thoughts of a comeback.
Sophomore McKenzie Lambert (Wilbraham, Mass. / East Longmeadow), junior Melissa DiPhilippo (Norfolk, Mass. / King Philip), junior Nicole Sylvester (Everett, Mass.) and freshman Cammi Sperling (Rutland, Mass. / Wachusett Regional) all had one hit for Fitchburg State.
Freshman Taylor Colvin (Lancaster, Mass. / Nashoba Regional) took the pitching loss, allowing five runs on five hits.
The Owls travel to Framingham State on Thursday, May 3rd for the second round of the MASCAC tournament beginning at 3:30 p.m. The tournament continues as a double-elimination format, with Worcester State hosting the remaining games on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.