NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team dropped both games of its Little East Conference doubleheader to host UMass Boston at the UMass Boston Softball Field Saturday. The Beacons took the opener, 12-3 in five innings, and the nightcap, 14-6 in six innings. Both games were ended by the eight-run rule.
In the opener, UMass Boston broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Beacons scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning to go on top, but UMD sophomore second baseman Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third to make it 2-1. Center fielder Natalie Bouyea had an RBI single and right fielder Lyndsey Capra stroked a two-run double in the last of the third for UMB, but the Corsairs came back with a pair in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Gregoire and an error. Emily Gray earned the win for the Beacons and improved to 5-9, while Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case HS) started and took the loss for UMass Dartmouth, falling to 3-8.
The Corsairs jumped out on top in the nightcap, scoring three times in the top of the first inning, Sophomore designated player Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) doubled home two runs, and freshman left fielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) doubled home a third. But the Beacons came back with seven runs in their half of the first. Third baseman Kelsey Souza had a two-run single, first baseman Kelsey Svenson singled home a run, and shortstop Taryn Asta added a sacrifice fly. Bouyea doubled home a run in a three-run UMB third. Orton hit a three-run homer in the fifth for the Corsairs' other three runs. Michelle Zullo earned the win for the Beacons, while freshman right-hander Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) started and took the loss for UMD, falling to 3-7.
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-19 and 1-5 in the Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is now 10-18 and 2-4 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday. The Beacons will visit Keene State Tuesday.
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