MANSFIELD, CT –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team dropped both games of their Little East Conference doubleheader to host Eastern Connecticut State at the Mansfield Outdoor Athletic Complex Tuesday evening. The Warriors took the opener, 8-1, and then won the nightcap, 9-0 in five innings. The second game was halted early due to the eight-run rule.
In the opener, the Corsairs scored a run in the second inning after ECSU took a 3-0 lead in their half of the first. Senior catcher Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) led off with a double, moved to third when sophomore third baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) grounded out, and scored on a double by freshman left fielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS). ECSU got a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth. The Corsairs collected nine hits, two each by Marcyoniak and junior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural HS), but left eight players on base. Shannon Martin, who relieved starter Christine Akcer in the fourth inning and pitched the final four innings, earned the win and improved to 5-2. Freshman Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case HS) started and took the loss for UMD, falling to 3-11.
The Warriors scored nine times in their first three at bats in the nightcap, getting a home run, a two-run double and four runs batted in from designated hitter Sam Rossetti. The Corsairs were limited to three hits, a double by sophomore right fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and singles by sophomore second baseman Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and Carey. Erin Miller went all the way and earned the win for the Warriors, improving to 7-2. Freshman right-hander Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) started and took the loss for UMass Dartmouth, falling to 3-6.
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-21 and 1-7 in the Little East Conference, while Eastern Connecticut is now 20-8 and 7-1 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salem State Thursday. The Warriors will visit Rhode Island College on Saturday.
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