Providence, RI-Eastern Connecticut defeated Husson, 7-0, in game one at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at Rhode Island College's Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. The Eagles (25-17) will face the loser of the Lancers and Anchorwomen game tomorrow morning (10 a.m.) in an elimination contest.
Eastern junior pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron, CT), the two-time Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year, was brilliant with a complete game no-hitter to stay undefeated (20-0) on the season. She logged 16 strikeouts and allowed only three Hawks to reach base on two walks and an error all day.