NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team swept visiting Roger Williams in a non-conference doubleheader with a pair of one-run victories at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday. The Corsairs took game one, 8-7, before edging the Hawks in the finale 4-3.
In the opener, UMass Dartmouth (8-6) used a seven-run third inning to erase a 4-1 deficit. The frame was highlighted by a two-RBI single by freshman designated player Katie McEachern (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip Regional) and a two-run double to left center by junior infielder Emily Pontes (Wrentham, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech.). Both hits came with two outs.
Roger Williams (3-11) kept the game interesting, pushing across a lone run in the top of the fifth and two in the top of the sixth. Freshman pitcher Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case) relieved Corsair starter Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho) to record the final six outs and pick up the save.
Sophomore infielder Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth) went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the UMD offense. McEachern, Pontes and sophomore outfielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton) all added a pair of hits for the home team.
Lauren Tierney (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored for the Hawks. Teammates Veronica Alicea (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull) and Delaney Burns (Hudson, NH/Alvirne) each had two hits for RWU.
Roger Williams jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap on a three-run double by Tierney to left field.
UMass Dartmouth would get two back in the bottom of the fourth inning when McEachern added her second two-run single of the day, rocketing a ball through the right side past a diving second baseman.
The Corsairs would add two more runs in the sixth on RBI doubles by Gregoire and Williams.
Freshman pitcher Amanda McHugh (North Kingston, RI/North Kingston) delivered a solid performance on the mound for UMD, going the distance while scattering five hits and giving up only the three runs.
The Corsairs are in action for the third straight day Thursday, when they travel to take on another Commonwealth Coast Conference opponent, Salve Regina. The Hawks are idle until Friday, when they host conference foe Wentworth.
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