Hawks Dominate in Double Header Sweep Against ECSU


Scott Morris, Staff Writer

On Sunday, the Hartford Softball Team welcomed an in-state opponent, the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, for a doubleheader. Senior Caylee English took the mound for the Hawks in the first game, and she was close to unhittable as she allowed one hit over five innings of work. English struck out seven, walked four, and hit two Warriors throughout the outing, earning her third win. However, the bats for the Hawks were the true story during game one, as centerfielder Oliva Wolk went 3-3 at the plate.

In Wolk’s first appearance of the game, she walked and eventually came around to score the game’s first run after the Warriors’ starting pitcher threw a wild pitch. However, the fireworks started for the Hawks after Wolk’s second plate appearance, as she drove a ball over the left-center field wall to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, she stepped up to the plate again and hammered another hard-hit ball, resulting in a double down the left-field line. In her final plate appearance of the game, Wolk singled to the third baseman for her third and final hit. This was a career game for Oliva, scoring four runs while tying her career high with three hits. The Hawks went on to win the first game by a final score of 7-2.

The second game for the Hawks had the same result as the first, as they dominated and scored nine runs in only five innings due to the run rule. Again, the hit distribution for the Hawks was excellent in this game, as seven of their starters tailed a hit, including four players with a multi-hit game. The Hawks were able to plate five runners in the bottom of the fifth inning, none more important than Anita Farkash’s run that ultimately ended the game as she scored off a double from Sarah Serrano. Again, Carly Mayhood was on the mound for the Hawks as she collected her second win of the season. Mayhood struck out two batters, allowing five hits to walk one and a single run to cross the plate.

The Hawks were in complete control on Sunday afternoon as they improved their record to 10-11 after two dominant wins over the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors. They return to action tomorrow in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a two-game series against Holy Cross.