Seven-Run Third Inning Gives Corsairs Game Two Victory Against Bridgewater State

Seven-Run Third Inning Gives Corsairs Game Two Victory Against Bridgewater State

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) drove in three runs to pace UMass Dartmouth offensively, as the Corsairs salvaged a split with Bridgewater State thanks to a seven-run third inning in game two. The Bears claimed the first game 4-3, before the Corsairs prevailed 7-3 in the nightcap.

The Basics
Scores: Bridgewater State 4, UMass Dartmouth 3 | UMass Dartmouth 7, Bridgewater State 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (14-12) | Bridgewater State (9-13)

How it Happened
Bridgewater State 4, UMass Dartmouth 3
Senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) ripped an RBI double to left field in the bottom of the seventh, pulling the Corsairs within one, but Bear pitcher Kathleen Bailey (Bayport, N.Y.) wrapped up the complete-game victory.

Bailey scattered 10 hits while fanning seven, with all three runs earned. UMass Dartmouth freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) spun her third complete game on the year, yielding just nine hits and one earned run.

Colton reached base safely in all four plate appearances, scoring twice to drive the UMass Dartmouth offense.  Kacie Carvalho (Fairhaven, Mass.) went 3-for-4 at the dish and scored all three BSU runs as the lone Bear to register multiple hits.

The Bears capitalized in the top half of the first, when Courtney Leddy (Saugus, Mass.) laced a base hit to right field, scoring Carvalho from first on the play. UMass Dartmouth drew even at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning, when freshman Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) reached base on an infield single, driving home Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.).

In the top of the third inning, the Bears regained the lead with a pair of runs to make it 3-1. The Corsairs responded in the bottom of the frame, when Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) singled to center, scoring Colton from third.

Bridgewater State added an insurance run in the top of the fifth, as Morgan Cox (Dennis Port, Mass.) connected for an RBI single down the left field line. In their last at-bat, UMass Dartmouth pushed one run across on Spinuzzi's ball but Bailey escaped with a final-out groundout.

UMass Dartmouth 7, Bridgewater State 3
Freshman Ashtyn Phaneuf (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.) laced back-to-back singles to drive in four of the seven run third-inning for UMass Dartmouth to cap off the explosive Corsair frame.

In the circle, freshman Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) threw four innings of nearly perfect pitching for the win, allowing zero runs on three hits while picking up four Ks. 

Bridgewater State's Shannon Grindle (Halfax, Mass.) accounted for all three runs for the Bears in the third inning, and finished off game two going 2-for-4 at the dish.

With the game scoreless entering the third inning, Grindle drove in a pair with a base knock up the middle to bump the visitors ahead 2-0. She would eventually score when Kristyna Flaherty (Burlington, Mass.) reached on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the inning, the Corsairs exploded for seven runs on seven hits. Colton stepped to the plate with no outs and the bases jacked, putting the hosts ahead one swing for a bases-clearing double. With two outs and the bags again loaded, Phaneuf sent the pitch back up the middle for two more RBIs, and Trudeau followed with yet another single for the game's final two scores.

Evensen entered for starter Gabby DeLeon (Hanson, Mass.) in the fourth, and held the BSU runner on third with back-to-back swinging strikeouts to exit the frame unscathed. The freshman wouldn't allow a runner past first for the remainder of the contest to seal the win.

Inside the Numbers

  • In addition to her four shutout innings, Evensen went 3-for-6 at the plate over the afternoon with a double in game one.
  • In just her fourth at-bat of the year, Nicole Vachon (Westport, Mass.) collected her first collegiate hit with a triple to left field in the sixth inning of game two
  • UMass Dartmouth has now claimed its third-straight nightcap of doubleheaders and rise to 4-2 in the second game of twin bills on the season.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth takes to the road for a doubleheader against the Vikings of Salem State tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. The Bears return to conference play to take on Worcester State for two games on Friday with a 2 p.m. start time.