PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader with host Plymouth State at D & H Park Saturday. The Corsairs won the opener in eight innings, 3-2, but dropped the nightcap, 6-5.
In the opener, senior Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) pitched an eight-hitter and struck out seven to earn the complete game victory.
The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a home run by catcher Sam Hebert, but the Corsairs' catcher, senior Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS), tied it with a solo homer in the fifth. Freshman second baseman Sam Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) singled home a run in the sixth, but PSU tied it in the seventh on shortstop Bekah Jackson's infield hit. UMD scored the winning run in the eighth on back-to-back doubles by freshman right fielder Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) and senior designated hitter Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS). Eldridge improved to 6-3, while Nora Galvin took the loss and fell to 5-6.
In the nightcap, UMD took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the third on an RBI grounder by freshman center fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) in the first and Kenyon's RBI double in the third, but PSU got two in the third on RBI singles by third baseman Jackie Digman and Hebert. Eldridge's sacrifice fly in the fifth tied it at 3-3, and Rounds' two-run homer in the sixth put the Corsairs ahead, 5-4.
The Panthers won it in the seventh when Jackson led off with a triple, designated hitter Jenn Bove followed with a bunt single, and centerfielder Allie Luise singled them both home to end the game. Galvin earned the win in relief and improved to 6-6, while Eldridge went all the way again and took the loss, falling to 6-4.
"This was the best that we've played since I've been here," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We hit well all the way up and down the lineup, and had hits spread throughout the lineup. The bats came alive for us today, it was a solid performance for us, and we battled back and came from behind. Brittney had a terrific day, so did Becky, and so did Hannah."
UMass Dartmouth is now 8-16 and 3-3 in the Little East Conference, while Plymouth State is 10-14 and 2-4 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salve Regina in a doubleheader Monday.
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