NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) fanned 19 batters and allowed four runs on nine hits in 15 innings of work to guide the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team to a pair of victories against Little East Conference opponent Southern Maine University, 4-3 and 8-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The Corsairs (8-10) remained perfect in conference play, improving their LEC record to 4-0, while the Huskies (7-11) dipped to 0-4.
In the pitching circle, Orton proved to be a dominating force as she went the distance in both contests to earn her fifth and sixth wins of the season. Over the past two days, the sophomore has logged 27 innings, surrendered six runs on 18 hits, while striking out 25 batters to help perch the Corsairs atop the LEC standings.
Senior Bre Marcyoniak (Westfield, Mass.) was locked in at the plate, going a combined 5-for-7 with three doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored versus the Huskies. Freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) contributed five base knocks, including a double and a run scored. Sophomore Shannon Droney (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass.) produced outstanding Game 2 performances at the dish. Droney went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk, while Santerre recorded two hits, five runs batted in and a run scored.
UMass Dartmouth 4 Southern Maine 3 – 8 innings
The Huskies pounced first and put three runs up on the board in the opening half inning. Samantha Crossman (South Berwick, Maine) registered one of her two hits in the game when she singled down the right field line, knocking home teammate Lillian Cooper (Lamoine, Maine). After Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine) drew a base on ball, a fielding error by the Corsairs allowed for Crossman to cross the plate. Duross would eventually score on a wild pitch from Orton.
UMass Dartmouth posted three runs in the bottom of the inning to even the game. Marcyoniak started the inning with a walk and Spinuzzi followed with a double over the center fielder's head. A wild pitch during a Chelsea Corriea (Bridgewater, Mass.) based on ball allowed Marcyoniak to scamper home. Spinuzzi scored the second run for the Corsairs off a fielding error by Southern Maine and Corriea capped the inning by sliding underneath a tag during a fielder's choice play at the plate.
In the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, UMass Dartmouth had runners in scoring position but was unable to get them home. Orton set down the Huskie batters 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh.
Marcyoniak kicked off the bottom of the eight with her second double of the game and Spinuzzi followed with a seeing-eye single to left, advancing Marcyoniak to third. With one out, freshman Alea Martinelli (Everett, Mass.) lined the game-winning hit to left field to score Marcyoniak. Martinelli went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and a walk.
Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine) threw two and a third innings of relief work, allowing four hits and one run in the loss. Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine) started for the Huskies and struck out six in five and a third innings.
UMass Dartmouth 8 Southern Maine 1
The Corsairs scored all eight of their runs in the second, third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the second, Santerre knocked in Droney and Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) to give the home team a 2-0 lead. Marcyoniak and Corriea followed with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
In the top half of the third, Southern Maine cut the deficit to three runs when Duross singled down the right field line to push home Radino. With the score now 4-1 in the bottom of the third, a fielding error by the visitors allowed for Martinelli to cross the plate and loaded up the bases. The next batter, Marcyoniak, was plunked with a pitch, forcing home the sixth run for UMass Dartmouth. In the fourth, Santerre singled home the final two runs of the game.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Tuesday, April 8, when the Corsairs travel to Johnson and Wales for a non-conference double-header beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Huskies next contest falls on Wednesday, April 9, when Southern Maine travels to Bowdoin for a double-header.