SALEM, MA–The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team dropped both games of their non-conference doubleheader to host Salem State at Alumni Field Thursday. The Vikings took the opener, 10-9, and the nightcap, 8-3.
In the opener, Salem State erased a 9-2 deficit and scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win.
The Corsairs jumped on top with six runs in the top of the first. Junior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS) doubled home the first run, sophomore third baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and freshman right fielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) each walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run, and pitcher Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) and freshman left fielder Shannon Droney (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) each singled home a run.
Pontes singled home another run in the second, and Pontes and senior catcher Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) each drove in another run in the fourth. The Vikings got four in their half of the fourth, a run in the fifth and one more in the sixth, and then won it in the seventh when shortstop Lauren Garchinsky and second baseman Jenn Toussaint walked with the bases loaded to score the winning runs. Alyssa Bryan relieved in the seventh inning for SSU and earned the win, improving to 11-2. McHugh took the loss for UMD and fell to 3-7.
UMD grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, scoring on an RBI triple by Pontes and sophomore pitcher Olivia Kenyon's (Canton, MA/Canton HS) RBI grounder. But catcher Paige Fleming doubled home two runs and Bryan singled home another in the second to put the Vikings ahead, and SSU added a run in the third and four more in the fifth, three on left fielder Cara Crowley's bases-loaded double. Kenyon knocked in the Corsairs' final run with a run-scoring grounder in the sixth. Bryan earned the win for Salem State and improved to 12-2, while Kenyon took the loss on the mound and fell to 0-1.
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-23, while Salem State is now 18-8. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday. The Vikings will host Bridgewater State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL