FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team was edged by Oneonta State, 3-2, this morning at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the Lee County Sports Complex. Two hours later, UMass Dartmouth suffered a 6-2 setback against Saint Joseph College (Maine).
In the season-opener, the Corsairs mounted a seventh inning rally against the Red Dragons. Trailing 3-1, UMass Dartmouth freshman second baseman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) laced a RBI double to plate freshman catcher Chelsea Correia (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) to trim its deficit to 3-2. Spiniuzzi reached third on a fielder's choice, but was cut down at the plate trying to steal home.
UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column in the second inning, when sophomore designated player Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) knocked in Correia with a RBI single. Oneonta State answered with a run of its own in the fourth.
The Red Dragons capitalized on a Corsairs defensive miscue to take their first advantage of the contest in the fifth inning. UMass Dartmouth retired the first two hitters in the frame, but an infield error provided Oneonta State with an extra out. First baseman Nicole Marzillo recorded a run-scoring triple, while centerfielder Katie O'Gorman reached on another UMD fielding miscue.
Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) was impressive in her season debut, hurling seven innings. Orton limited the Red Dragons to one earned run on six hits, while striking out five.
In Game 2, the Corsairs jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, but the Monks countered with six unanswered runs.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., when the Corsairs square off against Smith College.