Softball Splits on Day Four of Spring Training

Softball Splits on Day Four of Spring Training

NAPLES, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth collected its seventh-straight victory, picking up a 7-4 win over Brockport on Monday before dropping its first game of the season with a 3-0 loss to Nazareth (N.Y.) on the fourth day of spring training in Florida.

The Basics
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 7, Brockport 4 | Nazareth 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-1) | Brockport (3-3) | Nazareth (3-1)

How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 7, Brockport 4
The Corsairs recovered after two errors in the opening inning to lay four runs on the Eagles in the third, with junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) remaining unbeaten in the circle in the first game.

Smith went the full seven frames, allowing nine hits with three earned runs and a strikeout. Freshmen Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) and Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) all cracked multiple hits, with Sheerin and Spinuzzi driving in a pair of runs apiece.

Both teams came out flat in the first, totaling three errors on defense, but UMass Dartmouth was able to edge ahead. After an earned Brockport run in the top of the frame, an Eagle error sent Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) home and Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) to third. In the next at-bat, Evensen put the Corsairs up a run with an RBI single.

In the next two stanzas, Smith kept Brockport off the board and out of the hit column, and the Corsairs caught fire against Eagle starter Lindsay Wachna (Syracuse, N.Y.) in the fourth. The first four batters reached base, and Sheerin gathered the first RBI by dropping a perfect bunt. Spinuzzi then stepped in to smash a double and plate two runs, and scored when freshman Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) singled to right center and bump UMass Dartmouth ahead by five.

Brockport cut back into the lead with a run apiece in the fourth and fifth, and relief pitcher Becky Knorr (Greece, N.Y.) kept the Corsairs off the board until Sheerin knocked in McSweeney in the sixth. Knorr went 3.2 innings with three strikeouts and allowed just three hits, and received one more run from her offense in the seventh.

Nazareth 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Golden Flyer senior Rachel Mertens (Syracuse, N.Y.) permitted just six hits while striking out five Corsairs in the second game to keep UMass Dartmouth off the scoreboard for the first time on the young season.

For UMass Dartmouth, Colton was the only player to lace multiple hits, going 2-for-4, and three pitchers combined to allow six hits and two earned runs while fanning four.

The squads combined for just four hits through the first three and a half innings, and Nazareth was finally able to break through in the fourth. With runners on second and third, Meghan Barry (Fulton, N.Y.) drove a ball to right center off UMass Dartmouth's Gabby DeLeon (Hanson, Mass.) to drive in both teammates. DeLeon escaped the remainder of the inning with back-to-back groundouts.

The Corsairs challenged in the fifth, with Rebecca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) and Colton dropping back-to-back hits, but Mertens stranded both runners. In the Golden Flyers' at-bat, Marissa Tortora (Rochester, N.Y.) sent a deep shot to the left-field fence, plating Sarah Papponetti (Albion, N.Y.) all the way from first for the contest's final run.

Evensen tossed the final two innings for UMass Dartmouth, striking out three of the nine batters she faced and permitting a run. In the first three innings, freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) allowed three hits with one run earned and a solitary strikeout.

Inside the Numbers

  • Smith rises to 4-0 in the circle for the second-straight spring training trip; last year, she made it through her entire Florida trip without a loss, returning to Massachusetts with a 7-0 record.
  • Monday's loss to Nazareth marked the first time that UMass Dartmouth has been shut out of a game since April 30, 2016 in a 2-0 loss at Western Connecticut.
  • Through eight games, seven Corsairs are batting above .400, with four sitting at .500 or better.
  • Brockport and Nazareth both batted .237 against UMass Dartmouth as units on Monday, the highest batting average the Corsair pitching staff has allowed thus far.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will return to North Collier Park on Wednesday, squaring off with Marian (Wis.) at 9 a.m. before meeting Brockport again at 11 a.m.