FORT MYERS, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a doubleheader on their second day of action at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Monday. UMass Dartmouth downed Smith in their opener, 5-3, and then dropped the second game of their twin bill to Wisconsin-Superior, 4-2 at the Cape Coral Sports Complex.
Sophomore right hander Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) started the opener, pitching the first five innings, scattering six hits, walking two and striking out five. Freshman Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case HS) pitched the final two innings and earned the win, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out three.
The Corsairs broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning, scoring on RBI singles by sophomore third baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and junior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS).
Sophomore right fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) gave UMD a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a run-scoring single, and sophomore second baseman Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and Kenyon had RBI singles in the third to put UMD ahead, 3-1.
In the nightcap, freshman left fielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) singled in a run for UMass Dartmouth in the first inning and the Corsairs scored again on an error in the third, but UWS pitcher Amanda LeBard limited the Corsairs to three hits in a complete game victory. Freshman Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) started for UMD and took the loss. Orton relieved in the third inning and held the Yellowjackets hitless for the remainder of the game, walking two batters and allowing an unearned run.
"Both Williams and Orton pitched extremely well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin about the Smith game. "Williams came out as a veteran on the mound for five full innings, and Orton came in as a confident rookie to finish the game. Offensively, we got key hits when they were needed, and took advantage of our opportunities to score. Against Wisconsin-Superior, we gave up four run in the first three innings, but managed to settle in on defense to hold them scoreless for the next four. We struggled at the plate, but scrapped away to push two runs across, but unfortunately it wasn't enough. Overall we played well, never gave up and stuck together while fighting to the end."
UMass Dartmouth is now 2-2, while Smith is 2-1 and UWS is 3-7. The Corsairs will play North Central and Knox Tuesday.
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