Softball Suffers Setbacks to Marian (Wis.) and Brockport

Softball Suffers Setbacks to Marian (Wis.) and Brockport

NAPLES, Fla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth struggled defensively on Wednesday, suffering its first 0-2 day of its Florida spring training trip. Marian (Wis.) defeated the Corsairs 3-0 in the first outing before Brockport prevailed 7-3 in the second game.

The Basics
Scores: Marian 3, UMass Dartmouth 0 | Brockport 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-3) | Marian (8-1) | Brockport (5-4)

How it Happened
Marian 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
UMass Dartmouth's pitching staff was on from the very beginning, as three Corsairs combined to allow just one Marian hit on the contest, but early blunders ultimately led to a 3-0 defeat.

Junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) suffered the decision despite going five innings with just one hit and no earned runs, fanning four, and helped her cause by going 2-for-2 at the dish. Sophomore Gabby DeLeon (Hanson, Mass.) and freshman Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) each tossed an inning without permitting a hit.

Marian's Shannon Huray (Little Chute, Wis.) held UMass Dartmouth to just four hits, going the full seven innings with five strikeouts.

A Corsair error put Sabre lead-off hitter Ally Fox (Greenville, Wis.) on base, and after a pair of Smith strikeouts, Marian got on the board when another UMass Dartmouth error sent Fox home from second.

UMass Dartmouth saw its best scoring chance in the bottom of the third inning. Singles by senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Smith followed by a walk loaded the bases, but the Sabres secured a force-out at home in the next at-bat before Marian forced Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) to fly out to deep center field and escape the threat.

Smith would lace the game's next hit with a double to left field in the fourth, but couldn't convert with a runner on third. Marian then clinched the game in the bottom of the frame, when Rachel Soch (New Lenox, Ill.) rounded home from second on another Corsair error immediately before Gianna Esposito (Bolingbrook, Ill.) knocked the Sabres' only hit of the game, a ground-rule double to plate Olivia Hartley (Waterford, Wis.).

Brockport 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
The Golden Eagles dealt UMass Dartmouth a bit of revenge with a 7-3 win in the second meeting between the two teams on the week, consistently connecting against the Corsairs for 12 hits.

UMass Dartmouth's offense improved in its final game of the day, with eight separate Corsairs recording a hit. Freshmen Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.), along with Spinuzzi, recorded RBIs. The Brockport trio of Lindsay Wachna (Syracuse, N.Y.), Casey Danko (Wrappinger Falls, N.Y.) and Alexis Ross (Hamburg, N.Y.) combined for much of the opposing offense, totaling nine hits and seven RBI.

All offensive cylinders were firing for UMass Dartmouth to start, with the Corsairs totaling two quick runs in the first on four hits. After reaching on a single, Colton scored when Sheerin connected with the bases loaded, and in the next at-bat, Spinuzzi drove a double to left center, rounding Evensen. Brockport immediately responded in their trip to the plate. Ross and Danko both singled to set the stage for Wachna, who plated both with a hard-hit single through the left side.

The back-and-forth continued in the second with McSweeney, who despite lining into a double play allowed senior Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.) to reach home. The run would be the Corsairs' last, though, and in Brockport's turn at the dish, the Golden Eagles captured the lead for good with a two-RBI double by Danko.

UMass Dartmouth challenged once more with Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) reaching third in the fourth, but Brockport pitcher Michaela Contreras (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) forced a pop-out for the final out. A Wachna single in the bottom of the fourth extended the Golden Eagles' advantage, and Ross blasted a triple to the right field fence in the fifth to seal the game.

Contreras struck out two with three earned runs in the complete game. For the Corsairs, freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) took the decision in the opening 1.1 innings, permitting seven hits, before DeLeon and Evensen combined to allow two earned runs on five hits in relief.

Inside the Numbers

  • With another runner caught stealing on Wednesday, Trudeau has now gunned down six total on the season. In 42 games last year, she totaled 11 runners caught stealing.
  • Brockport's .238 team average and seven RBI are the most allowed by UMass Dartmouth through 10 games on the season.
  • In three plate appearances thus far, Smith is batting 1.000, and her double against Marian marked just the second on her career.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will look to depart Florida on a high note tomorrow, taking on North Central at 9 a.m. before facing Centenary at 11 a.m. Both games are scheduled to be played at the CenturyLink Complex in Fort Myers.