Softball Downs Knox to Earn Split in Florida

FORT MYERS, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a doubleheader on their third day of action at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the Lee County Sports Complex Tuesday. After losing their opener to North Central College, 8-1, UMass Dartmouth came back to defeat Knox in the nightcap, 7-3.

The Corsairs broke the second game open when they scored five runs in the fourth inning against the Prairie Fire. UMD took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, fell behind when Knox scored twice in the top of the second, then rallied to tie the score before the decisive fourth.

Sophomore right hander Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) went all the way for the victory. Junior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS) led the attack with three hits in four at bats, driving in two runs and scoring three times. Freshman outfielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS), sophomore outfielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS), freshman infielder Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS), senior infielder Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) and sophomore infielder Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) each had a hit, with Kenyon, McHugh, Marcyoniak and Sylvia all scoring runs and Sylvia driving one in.

Freshman right hander Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case HS) pitched a complete game in the first game, allowing 10 hits, walking four, and striking out two. Pontes doubled home Marcyoniak for the Corsairs' only run.

"This morning's game was a disappointing loss to a good team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "North Central capitalized on three critical errors that we made. This afternoon, we bounced back in game two. Our bats came alive, giving us the timely hit when it was needed, as well as capitalizing on Knox's errors. Williams did a great job on the mound to help us settle in on defense."

UMass Dartmouth is now 3-3, while North Central is 8-0 and Knox is 0-4. The Corsairs will take Wednesday off and play Worcester State and Wisconsin-Oshkosh Thursday.

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