WILLIMANTIC – Cheshire's native Megan Hodgdon drove in seven runs in Eastern Connecticut's 10-0 softball win over Trinity College just before the weekend.
That's something Eastern Connecticut softball had not seen in 40-plus years.
Hodgdon tied the program record Ellen Janiga set in April of 1977 and matched a year later.
Hodgon's seven RBI surpassed the six she had on the entire season going into the Trinity game. The junior catcher is batting .297 with four home runs going into Tuesday's double header against Salve Regina at Newport, R.I.
Amato, Russo fire up St. Joe's
WEST HARTFORD – Behind the pitching of Cheshire's Natalie Amato and the hitting of Southington's Isabella Russo, the St. Joseph softball team is staging a four-game winning streak into the final weekend of the regular season.
Amato, a freshman, pitched a two-hitter against Albertus Magnus on Thursday and came back the next day with a 3-2 win against Rivier. Russo, a senior, drove in the winning run in the last game.
Russo's shot into the right-center field gap – the bases were loaded – but it was the bottom of the seventh and the jays just needed to complete the sweep of Rivier.
St. Joe's so sweeps Albertus. Russo had six RBI over the course of the four games and now leads the team with 24 on the season. She's batting .337.
So playing well for the Blue Jays is Southington's Alessandra Milardo. The sophomore out of St. Paul was a combined 7-for-14 against Albertus and Rivier and raised her average to .297.
Freshman Samantha Iannone of Wallingford-Sheehan went 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBI in the 9-1 win over Albertus. That's the game that featured the two-hitter by Amato, who took a no-hitter into the sixth.
Amato is now 9-3 on the season and the Blue Jays are 21-15. They host St. Joseph of Maine on Friday, then close to the regular season at Simmons on Saturday.
Burt bags bronze in Atlanta
NEW HAVEN – Meredith's Briana Burt is building up to be an athlete of the week by finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles at this weekend's Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.
Burt, in her post-grad year at Southern Connecticut State, which is coming off a gold-medal performance in the Hurdles at UConn's Northeast Challenge. That victory gave Burt three golds on the season in her signature event and got her named the Northeast-10 Conference's Women's Track Athlete of the Week.
Last year, Burt set a program record and won both the Northeast 10 Conference and New England championships in the 100 hurdles. This year's Northeast-10 championship meet is May 3-4 at Southern New Hampshire. SCSU hosts the New England Championships the following weekend.
Southington's Harris flying at WPI
WORCESTER, Mass. – So burning up the collegiate track this spring is Southington's Antoine Harris, a senior sprinter at Worchester Polytechnic Institute.
Harris earned weekly honors at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference both individually and collectively. He was named the NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Week after winning both the 100 and 200-meter theses at the Connecticut College Silfen Track & Field Invitational.
Harris clocked at 10.92 in the 100 and 22 seconds flat in the 200. His time of 10.92 is the fastest run so far this season in the NEWMAC.
Harris on the winning 4×100 (42.19) at the Connecticut College meet. The WPI quartet was recognized as the NEWMAC Relay of the Week for the second time this season.