PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Johnson & Wales scored the winning runs in each game in their final at bat as they defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 9-8 and 4-3 in eight innings, in a non-conference doubleheader at Pierce Field Tuesday.
In the opener, the Wildcats scored the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Babineau and an error by UMD junior third baseman Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS).
Marcyoniak and freshman center fielder Sam Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) drove in runs for the Corsairs in a three-run first that allowed them to jump out on top, but the Wildcats came back with five runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the second. UMD battled back, getting an RBI single in the fourth from freshman second baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), three more in the fifth, two on Gregoire's sacrifice fly and an RBI single by freshman right fielder Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS), and one more in the sixth on a run-scoring single by senior designated hitter Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS). Senior Ashley Felaccio (Acushnet, MA/Fairhaven HS/Massasoit CC) took the loss in relief and fell to 2-4, while Taylor Cwalinski pitched the final two innings in relief for JWU and earned the victory, improving to 7-4.
JWU won the nightcap on an unearned run after a runner was placed on second base to start the eighth inning due to the international tie-breaker rule. Sylvia was charged with an error on Babineau's bunt and the winning run scored.
The Corsairs tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh. Senior catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) singled home the first run, and freshman center fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) tied the game with a single. Senior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) went all the way and took the loss to fall to 5-3. Cwalinski went all the way and earned the victory and improved to 8-4. The teams combined for 10 errors and 11 unearned runs in the openers, and totaled six errors in the nightcap, leading to all seven runs being unearned.
UMass Dartmouth is now 6-14, while Johnson & Wales is 18-12. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Roger Williams in a doubleheader Wednesday.
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