Junior Brittany Eldridge
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College scored in the bottom of the seventh inning of the opener and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 2-1, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Wednesday at the Dayna A. Bazar Memorial Softball Field. The Anchorwomen won the nightcap, 8-0, in five innings and swept the doubleheader.
The Corsairs took the lead in the top of the third inning in the opener when junior left fielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) singled, moved up on a sacrifice and an infield grounder, and scored on an error by RIC shortstop Danielle Mattoon. Mattoon doubled home second baseman Marisa Jandreau in the bottom of the third to tie the score.
RIC won the game in their final at bat. First baseman Amanda Perry led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. Third baseman Christina Bailey sacrificed, but the throw by UMD junior third baseman Tracie Calvert (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) went all the way down the right field line when no one covered first base, and Perry scored the winning run. Amanda Berard went all the way for the win and improved to 10-3. Junior Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/ Bridgewater-Raynham HS) did the same for UMD and took the loss, falling to 8-16.
In the nightcap, Mattoon and Perry singled in runs in the first inning, and catcher Kayla Jandreau hit a grand slam homer in the fourth. Kyla Puccini went the route for RIC and won, improving to 9-2, while Eldridge took the loss and fell to 8-17.
"In the opener, we played a great game and fell apart at the end," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "Brittany was absolutely fantastic, we played good defense, we held them, and we hung in there, and when you can do that, good things happen. In the second game, they got two runs right away, and then they hit a grand slam. Overall, we played well in the first game. Rhode Island College is a good team and we battled hard right until the end with them. Our inexperience hurt us."
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-22 and 1-11 in the Little East Conference, while Rhode Island College is now 28-7 and 7-3 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salve Regina in a doubleheader Thursday. The Anchorwomen will visit UMass Boston Saturday.