Sixth-Inning Rally Gives Corsairs Split With Salem State

Senior Hannah Rounds

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Senior catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) doubled off the right field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team a split of their non-conference doubleheader against visiting Salem State at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday.

The Corsairs won the nightcap, 3-2, after dropping the opener, 6-0.

Winning pitcher Becky Williams (Fr. Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) started the sixth inning rally when she doubled with two outs. Senior outfielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) pinch ran, and scored when Rounds' long drive bounced off the fence.

Freshman second baseman Sam Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) gave the Corsairs a 2-0 lead with an RBI triple in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the third. The Vikings got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by junior center fielder Sarra Bergeron (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) and tied it in the fifth on senior shortstop Michelle Grifoni's (Peabody, MA/Peabody HS) RBI single.

In the opener, the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an infield grounder by sophomore catcher Paige Flemming (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS), then added four more in the fourth, getting a squeeze bunt from Flemming and an RBI single from sophomore outfielder Michelle Flower (Reading, MA/Reading HS). Flower's RBI single in the sixth made it 6-0. Senior Katelynn Fanning (East Boston, MA/St. Mary's HS) went all the way for the win and improved to 8-4. Freshman Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) did likewise for UMass Dartmouth and took the loss, falling to 0-4.

 "It was nice to see our freshman class play well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "Hannah hit a ball to the gap in right center field, the wind hung it up and it hit off the fence and Liz came around and scored. Becky got the double that started our rally, and Sam Gregoire had our other two RBIs.. Becky ended up going the whole game on the mound, and it was nice to see her be so successful. Our defense settled down in the second game, and we were able to string a couple of hits together to give us some momentum."

UMass Dartmouth is now 9-21, while Salem State is 25-9. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Saturday. Salem State will host MCLA Saturday.

                                               

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