NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Host Keene State limited the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team to five hits-all in the first game-and swept their Little East Conference doubleheader at the Owl Sports Complex Saturday. The Owls took the opener, 7-2, and won the nightcap, 10-0 in five innings, with Emily Albin pitching a no-hitter for KSC in second game.
Keene State took a 2-0- lead after two innings in the opener, and the Corsairs tied it with a pair in the third. Freshman second baseman Sam Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) singled home one run, and senior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) drove in the other. But the Owls scored three times in the fourth to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Sophomore shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS), while designated hitter Samantha Nitso had two hits and two RBIs for the Owls. Sara Stocklinski earned the victory for Keene State and improved to 9-3, while Eldridge took the loss and fell to 9-12.
In the nightcap, only two hitters reached base for UMass Dartmouth. Junior first baseman Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) walked in the fourth inning, and senior designated hitter Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) was hit by a pitch in the fifth. The Owls scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the game ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule. Albin improved her record to 9-3, while Eldridge took the loss again and fell to 9-13.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 12-28 and 3-11 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 22-7-1 and 9-3 in the Little East. The doubleheader was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
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