NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader with visiting Southern Maine at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Corsairs won the first game, 4-2, and the Huskies took the second game, 4-0.
In the opener, the Corsairs did all their scoring in one inning, breaking a scoreless tie with four runs in the fourth. Senior catcher Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) led the inning off with a solo home run to deep centerfield. After back-to-back singles from senior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and freshman second baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), Eldridge would score on an RBI groundout from freshman outfielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS), followed by Sylvia coming around on an RBI single from sophomore shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS). An RBI single from senior third baseman Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) plated Pontes, staking UMD to a 4-0 lead.
The Huskies mounted a rally in the seventh inning with RBI singles from sophomore catcher Meghan Craffey (Casco, ME/Lake Region HS) and sophomore designated hitter Meghan Runmore (Manchester, NH/Manchester HS). USM loaded the bases during the inning, but USM freshman catcher Emily Trembley (Old Town, ME/Old Town HS) flew out to left field, securing the 4-2 victory for UMD. Eldridge (4-3) threw a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. USM junior pitcher Alexandra Perdomo (0-4, Portland, ME/Portland HS) gave up four runs on 12 hits in six innings of work.
In the second game, the Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0ead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from senior centerfielder Caitlin LeBorgne (Scarborough, ME/Scarborough HS). USM junior third baseman Katie Davis (Woburn, MA/Woburn HS) blasted a solo home run in the third inning, pushing the Huskies' lead to 2-0. Davis dealt the final blow for Southern Maine with a two-run single in the sixth inning, as the Huskies went on to win 4-0. UMD freshman pitcher Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits in three innings. Kenyon pitched the final four innings for the Corsairs, giving up two runs on seven hits. Southern Maine junior pitcher Stefanie Stockwell (1-7, Buxton, ME/Bonny Eagle HS) earned the win, surrendering three hits in seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts.
" We hit the ball really well in the first game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We got key hits when we needed it. Brittany Eldridge was a leader on the mound today, she pitched really well and our defense was solid behind her. In the second game, we were jumping at every pitch and were undisciplined at the plate. Our pitching wasn't there and Southern Maine took advantage. We need our younger pitchers to step up and work on getting ahead in the count. We are going to try and change our routine between games and push harder in practice to try and become more consistent"
UMass Dartmouth is now 6-12 and 2-2 in Little East Conference play, while Southern Maine is 1-17 and 1-1 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Johnson & Wales in a doubleheader Tuesday. Southern Maine will visit the University of New England Tuesday.
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