BRISTOL, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a doubleheader with host Roger Williams at Paulino Field Thursday. The Corsairs won the opener, 3-2, but dropped the nightcap, 7-3.
In the opener, senior Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven to earn the complete game victory.
The Corsairs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on RBI singles by freshman center fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and senior designated hitter Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS), then extended their lead in the fourth when sophomore shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS) singled home a third run. RWU scored twice in the fourth on a run-scoring single by right fielder Julia Giancola and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Alana Peoples. Eldridge improved to 6-3 with the victory, while Jaclyn Doolin took the loss for the Hawks and fell to 6-5.
In the nightcap, the Corsairs got a run in the third on an RBI single by Pontes and two more in the fifth on a throwing error by RWU catcher Lauren Tierney. Tierney had a sacrifice fly in a three-run Hawk first inning, which also included RBI singles by third baseman Carolyn Atkinson and first baseman Kara Lewis. Shortstop Kaitlyn Costa singled home a run in the second, and the Hawks scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kelly Marcin earned the victory for RWU and improved to 1-4, while senior Ashley Felaccio (Acushnet, MA/Fairhaven HS/Massasoit CC) started for UMD and took the loss, falling to 1-5.
"In the first game, we did well, our offense got going, and that helped to take a little of the pressure off our pitching," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "It helps when you can grab an early lead. Unfortunately, we couldn't do that in the second game. When we get behind, it hurts us, because it seems that everyone tries to go up and hit a home run."
UMass Dartmouth is now 6-14, while Roger Williams is 10-13. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.
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