GORHAM, Maine – UMass Dartmouth softball fended off a Little East Conference sweep on Saturday, turning the tides in game two at Southern Maine with a 2-1 win after a 1-2 loss in the opener. The Corsairs move to 4-2 in the conference, still without two-straight losses to LEC foes, and now sits 21-8 overall. The Huskies are now 2-4 in the league and 15-8-1 for the year.
Southern Maine 2, Corsairs 1
The Corsairs were able to muster only two hits in game one, struggling to make contact off Southern Maine freshman pitcher Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) who fanned 14 while walking four in the full seven innings.
Senior outfielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, Mass.) was the only UMass Dartmouth player to connect off Goode, registering both hits for her squad including a triple. Sophomore Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) tossed a quality game, allowing just four hits and two earned runs, striking out one.
Neither team could put down a hit until the Huskies' at-bat in the second, when junior Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif.) singled to lead off the inning. The runs wouldn't come until the next inning, when Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine) doubled to left field and scored on a double by Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine) two batters later. Junior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine) then plated Lux on a single.
Carey's triple led off the fifth, and she would score off the bat of Abby Tremblay (New Bedford, Mass.) later in the inning, who reached base on an error. Tremblay was credited with the RBI to cut the lead in half.
Smith would not allow another Husky baserunner in the final two innings, giving her team one last chance in the second. Carey connected at the lead-off again, singling to left field, but she would stay put as Goode then struck out two and got the final out on a fly-out.
Corsairs 2, Southern Maine 1
Freshman Jill Miller (Freetown, Mass.) would make a resounding comeback at the plate after not registering a hit in game one, going 3-for-3 with RBIs on both runs to carry the Corsairs in the final contest. She remains the LEC's leading batter thus far with a season average of .460.
Senior Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) and freshman Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) each put down two hits on the outing, while Orton collected her 10th win of the season in the circle with five strikeouts in the midst of permitting five hits and just one earned run.
The Corsairs were able to get into a rhythm in the fourth after registering just two prior singles. Miller and Orton started off the frame with back-to-back singles, but Husky pitcher Kelly put a halt on any scoring opportunity with two-straight swinging strikeouts, ending the frame.
Runs finally broke through in the fifth after the first two Corsair batters reached base. A groundout from sophomore Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) advanced O'Gryzek and senior Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, R.I.) to second and third, respectively, setting the stage for Miller to drive both home on a double to center.
The Huskies got on the board in the sixth, receiving a lead-off double from sophomore Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) who scored on an Obert single right after. An error and fielder's choice eventually saw Lauren Beganny (Litchfield, Maine) reach third, but Orton dialed up a swinging strikeout to stop the threat.
The senior ace then received three-straight groundouts from the UMass Dartmouth defense in the seventh to preserve victory.
Kelly allowed seven hits, as both runs were earned, retiring eight batters. Davis, the reigning conference Rookie of the Year, went 3-for-3 on the game with the Huskies' lone extra-base hit.
The Corsairs will be back on the field for a doubleheader Monday, making the trek to Worcester, Mass. to meet 25-5 WPI at noon and 2 p.m.