Softball Sails Past Alfred State and Knox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team captured a pair of wins against Alfred State College, 8-3, and Knox College (Ill.), 11-2, on Thursday at the Lee County Sports Complex.

The Corsairs improved to 3-7 on the year, while the Pioneers slipped to 2-7 and the Prairie Fire to 0-6. UMass Dartmouth finished their spring break trip in Fort Myers by winning three of their final four contests.

In Game 1, the Corsairs had four batters record two or more hits. Sophomore Shannon Droney (Franklin, Mass.) went 3-for-4 from the plate with two stolen bases, a run scored and a run batted in. Freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass.) recorded two hits, two runs and two RBI's in the lead-off spot, while classmate Alea Martinelli (Everett, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a run batted in and two swiped bases.  Second baseman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) registered two base knocks, including a double, respectively.

UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a four run lead after the third inning, but Alfred State answered back with two runs on three hits to cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth. In the following half inning, Santerre pushed home two runs with a single and Droney followed by knocking home her teammate to increase the Corsair's lead to 7-2. UMass Dartmouth added a run in sixth on a sac fly from sophomore Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) and the Pioneers scored a run on a fielding error in the top of the seventh.

Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) threw six strong innings to earn her first win of the season for the Corsairs. The sophomore fanned nine batters and surrendered two earned runs on six hits.

In Game 2, the Corsairs rode their hot bats to an eight-run rule win in five innings. Droney was perfect from the dish as she recorded three singles, three runs batted in, and three runs to go with a game-high three stolen bases. Spinuzzi went 3-for-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored and Santerre registered three singles and crossed the plate twice for UMass Dartmouth. In the four hole, Kirby was 2-for-2 with a walk, run batted in and a run scored.    

The Corsairs scored a season-high 11 runs and matched their season-high with 12 team hits. Sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) and Spinuzzi split time on the mound for the "visitors".
UMass Dartmouth returns to the field for their home-opener against Salve Regina on Wednesday, March 26.