GORHAM, ME– The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team fell twice to host Southern Maine in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Towers Field Saturday. The Huskies took the opener, 8-5, and won the nightcap, 9-0 in five innings. The second game was ended because of the eight-run rule.
The Corsairs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opener when sophomore designated hitter Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) doubled home junior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech). USM tied it in the second on an RBI double by pitcher Jesse Hutchins and got four in the third, one on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Katie Davis and another on left fielder Kristen Durose's sacrifice fly.
A sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and a wild pitch allowed UMD to score twice in the fourth. The Corsairs scored once in the fifth on an error and once more in the seventh on Williams' RBI single, but could come no closer. Hutchins earned the win and improved to 4-12, while freshman pitcher Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA/Case) took the loss and fell to 6-12.
In the nightcap, Stefanie Stockwell pitched a five-hit shutout for Southern Maine. Sophomore second baseman Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth) had three of the Corsairs' five hits. The Huskies broke the game open when they scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Six of the runs were unearned. Freshman right-hander Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) started and took the loss for UMass Dartmouth, falling to 3-10.
The Corsairs fell to 12-28 and 3-11 in the LEC, while the Huskies improved to 9-31 and 4-10 in LEC action. The doubleheader was the final action of the season for both teams.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL