DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After seizing a 5-3 win in eight frames in the opener, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth knocked around Plymouth State for a season-high 15 hits and 10 RBIs in the second game, downing the Panthers 10-4 for the Corsairs' first two Little East Conference wins on the season.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 5, Plymouth State 3 (8 inn.) | UMass Dartmouth 10, Plymouth State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (12-10, 2-2 LEC) | Plymouth State (9-11, 1-3 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 5, Plymouth State 3
A 2-RBI single by freshman Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) gave the Corsairs the edge in the top of the eighth, and junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) rounded out her complete game by sitting the first three Panther batters in the bottom of the frame to seal the 5-3 victory.
Polk drove in a game-high three runs, with senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) going 2-for-4, both hits doubles, with a pair of RBIs. Freshman Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) also generated a 2-for-4 performance at the dish, scoring twice in the lead-off spot.
UMass Dartmouth connected for two runs on three hits to build a quick lead in the top of the first. McSweeney led off with a double, and after junior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) reached base on a hit by pitch, Spinuzzi sent her first double to left center to score both teammates. Spinuzzi rounded the rest of the way home on a throwing error and a Polk ground-out.
Plymouth State then chipped away after two scoreless innings, drawing even by the end of the sixth with a run apiece in three-straight stanzas. In the fourth, an error scored Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.), who later drove in a run on a single in the fifth. The Panthers registered the game-tying run in the sixth when Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) singled to deep right field, plating Autumn Beyor (Highgate, Vt.) from second.
A scoreless seventh gave way to extra softball, and the Corsairs quickly erased all doubt. With Colton on second and McSweeney on third, Polk drove a pitch from pitcher Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) to left field to pick up both RBIs. Smith then closed out the frame with two ground-outs to Colton and a liner to Spinuzzi.
Smith rose to 6-5 in the circle with the win, with Plymouth State dropping 10 hits and only two runs earned. Freshman Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) took the loss for the Panthers in 7.1 innings, permitting two earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
UMass Dartmouth 10, Plymouth State 4
The Corsairs put up five runs in the second inning on seven hits and never looked back, adding on five more for a total of 10 RBIs in game two's offensive frenzy.
Freshman Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) teed up for her first career homerun as part of a 2-for-4 game, while Colton drove in a team-high three runs. In addition to Pereira and Colton, three other Corsairs totaled multiple hits, and Smith secured her second win of the day in relief.
Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) put Plymouth State on the board with an RBI double in the first before UMass Dartmouth pounded out a four-run lead in the next trip to the dish. The first two batters reached base, and freshman Ashtyn Phaneuf (New Bedford, Mass.) collected the first RBI on a ground-out. Three-straight singles then loaded the bases for Colton, who rounded two runs with the sixth hit of the frame. After a Plymouth State pitching change, Spinuzzi added another RBI before the Panthers clawed out of the inning.
In the third, Pereira made the score 6-1 in favor of the hosts with a high, hanging ball to left center for her homer, and three runs on three hits in UMass Dartmouth's fourth inning upped the score to 9-2. Senior Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.) Colton and freshman Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) all picked up RBIs on the frame.
Pereira scored again in the top of the seventh, this time after reaching base on a double and rounding on a sacrifice fly by Rebecca Field (Brentwood, N.H.), but Plymouth State made one last push before the end of the game. With the bases stacked, Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) plated two of her three RBIs on the game with a single to left center. The Panthers loaded the bags again, but Smith registered two-straight swinging Ks to cap the day.
Freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) got the start for UMass Dartmouth, fanning two and allowing just four hits and two earned runs in the opening three innings of work.
Inside the Numbers
- Fifteen hits and 10 RBIs by the Corsairs in game two are both season-high marks for UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs had previously owned highs of 13 hits and nine RBIs, both set against Edgewood on March 11.
- UMass Dartmouth knocked five doubles on the day, including four in game one for a single-game season high. The last time the Corsairs posted four doubles in a game was last season against Curry on March 14, 2016.
- With two doubles today, Spinuzzi jumps Jen Pfister '95 for second in program history in doubles, as she now owns 32 on her UMass Dartmouth career.
- UMass Dartmouth has now swept the Panthers on the season series in back-to-back seasons, snapping a three-game skid in the process.
Both teams are back at it tomorrow, with UMass Dartmouth traveling to Wheaton (Mass.) for a doubleheader beginning at noon, while the Panthers trek to New England College for a twin bill at 1 p.m.