Corsairs Lace 21 Total Hits to Sweep Salem State

Corsairs Lace 21 Total Hits to Sweep Salem State

SALEM, Mass. – Freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) pitched her first career complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win for the Corsairs in game one, with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth generating seven runs on seven hits to defeat host Salem State. The Corsairs then rebounded to force extra innings in game two, and with a four-run ninth completed the sweep, 7-3.

The Basics
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 0 | UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (16-12) | Salem State (14-8)

How it Happened

UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 0
Woodward allowed only four baserunners while striking out three batters to pick up her fourth win of the season. Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) paced the Corsairs by going 3-for-4 at the dish and accounting for three runs.  

In the top of the fourth, Rebecca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) and Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) drew walks to begin the inning, before Spinuzzi doubled home Field to make it 1-0 in the visitors' favor. After a ground out, Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass) singled, rounding Colton from third. With UMass Dartmouth plating their third run of the inning on a wild pitch, freshman Maxine Vincent (Hanson, Mass.) doubled to drive in the Corsairs' fourth run of the game.

The Vikings were unable to respond, with Woodward permitting just one hit in the next three frames before the Corsairs fully shut the door in the top of the seventh. Spinuzzi laced another single to jam the bases, and three more runs ended up crossing home on three Salem State errors.

UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 3
The Corsairs drew even with two runs on three hits in the top of the seventh, and sealed the deal in the ninth with four runs on four hits.

Junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) went the distance for the Corsairs, pitching all nine innings while fanning eight batters, and only allowing two earned runs on five hits. Offensively, UMass Dartmouth collected a season-high 16 hits, with Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.), Colton, and Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) each tallying three.

UMass Dartmouth got on the board early, when Smith found a hole up the middle to drive in Sheerin from third. Salem State answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the third. Jen Crovo (Melrose, Mass.) blasted a triple and crossed home on a Marisa Sanchez (Framingham, Mass.) single, and Sanchez later scored on a double-steal. She later would bump the Vikings further ahead with another run in the sixth.

Trailing two runs heading into their last at-bat, the Corsairs made up the gap. Colton laced a double, scoring McSweeney easily from second base. UMass Dartmouth then tied the game on a Sheerin sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Colton from third base.

Smith generated three pop-ups in the bottom of the seventh, and the game remained tied heading into the top of the ninth. Colton ripped her second double of the game, rounding McSweeney from third to secure the lead. Spinuzzi found a hole for a base hit, sending Colton home. After Spinuzzi scored on an error by the centerfielder, Pereira singled to drive in Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) to cap off the massive inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Smith struck out two of the three batters she faced to close the door for the Corsairs.

Inside the Numbers

  • The last time the Corsairs tallied 16 or more hits in a game was on March 26, 2013, when UMass Dartmouth dropped 23 against Mass. Maritime in a 28-1 victory.
  • In her last three starts, Woodward has permitted just two earned runs in three complete games, and lowered her ERA to 2.00 on Wednesday.
  • Despite the sweep, UMass Dartmouth still trails in the all-time series against Salem State 16-19, with the last four meeting going to the Corsairs.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth returns to Little East Conference action, as the Corsairs host UMass Boston for a doubleheader for Saturday's Alumni Day with first pitch scheduled for noon.