Softball Bats to 2-0 Start in Spring Training Debut

Softball Bats to 2-0 Start in Spring Training Debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth batted its way to the first two victories of the season on the first day of spring training, dispatching Alverno 2-0 before tacking on a 7-4 comeback win over Kenyon at the CenturyLink Complex on Friday.

The Basics
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 2, Alverno 0 | UMass Dartmouth 7, Kenyon 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-0) | Alverno (3-4) | Kenyon (6-7)

How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 2, Alverno 0

Freshmen Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) both posted 2-for-3 performances in their collegiate debuts, as the Corsairs broke through after four and a half scoreless innings to sneak past Alverno in game one.

In the circle, freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) picked up her first career win in four innings, allowing just two hits after junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) tossed the first three frames.

UMass Dartmouth was able to put a runner in scoring position for the first time in the bottom of the fifth, and capitalized on the chance. Freshman Maxine Vincent (Hanson, Mass.) reached base on a walk, and advanced to third when freshman Hannah Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) laid down a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. Senior Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.) put enough on a ball down to first base to safely plate Vincent.

After a three-up, three-down for the Inferno against Woodward in the top of the sixth, Sheerin singled and advanced on a throwing error to once again put the Corsairs in position. Sheerin's pinch-runner, McKenzie Joyce (Marblehead, Mass.), then scored on a deep crack by Evensen into right-center. Despite two Alverno hits in the top of the seventh, Woodward was able to escape with the shutout.

Alverno junior Ashlie Rossi (Hammond, Ind.) was solid in all seven frames, allowing just one earned run and six Corsair hits while fanning three. Conversely, Smith registered all three strikeouts for UMass Dartmouth in her opening three innings.

UMass Dartmouth 7, Kenyon 4

After Kenyon found early contact on Smith in game two to jump out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the third, UMass Dartmouth responded with seven unanswered runs including three of their own in the bottom of the first to keep the Scots at bay.

Senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and junior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) went to work for 3-for-4 outings on the game, with Colton driving in a pair of runs. Junior Rebecca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) was 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI.

Smith was tested early, with a trio of Kenyon hits all translating into runs. After two of the first three batters reached base, Lauren Graf (Allen Park, Mich.) drove in both with a deep single to left field before scoring on another hit by Grace Pilz (Fox River Grove, Ill.).

The Corsairs held strong in their first trip to the dish, though, using three Lady errors to plate three runs and draw the score even. Colton knocked a lead-off single to center field before promptly stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. She then reached home when the Kenyon catcher's pick-off attempt sailed high. Sheerin and Evensen both crossed home on consecutive throwing errors before Kenyon could escape the inning.

Smith then settled in, yielding the Ladies to just one more hit over the final six frames of work while her offense continued to make contact. Colton plated Trudeau on a double in the second inning to break the tie, and added on another RBI single in the third after Smith sent an RBI-hit through the left side.

In the fourth, Field capped UMass Dartmouth's scoring, sending Spinuzzi home from second after dropping a ball into shallow right field.

In her first decision of the season, Smith allowed five hits for four earned runs and striking out two. Kenyon's Austen Whibley (Silver Spring, Md.) went six innings, permitting 11 Corsair hits despite fanning six.

Inside the Numbers

  • With her single in the first inning of the second game, Spinuzzi tallied her 100th career hit in her 102nd game in a Corsair uniform.
  • Smith collects the third RBI of her three-year career, as she's now posted one in each of her seasons.
  • In 14 total innings, Smith and Woodward combined for a 2.00 ERA on the day while Alverno and Kenyon combined for a 4.08 average.
  • Behind the plate, Trudeau sniped two Alverno runners while attempting to steal second, allowing just one stolen base on the day's 14 innings.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will meet Nichols at 9 a.m. followed by Edgewood at 11 a.m. on Saturday, as the Corsairs trek to the North Collier Regional Park in Naples, Fla.