DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team had a joyous home-opener, with the pitching dominating game one before the bats sparked to life in the second contest of the day to earn a non-conference sweep against Mass. Maritime on Wednesday evening.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 6, Mass. Maritime 0 (Game One), UMass Dartmouth 10, Mass. Maritime 2 (Game Two)
Records: UMass Dartmouth 11-5, 0-0 LEC | Mass. Maritime 0-4, 0-0 MASCAC
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 6, Mass. Maritime 0
UMass Dartmouth right-handers Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) and Annika Evensen (Lake Forrest, Calif.) stifled the opposing hitters on the cold New England day, combining for a no-hitter in the victory. The duo accumulated six strikeouts and surrendered just two walks. At the plate, the Corsairs were paced by Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.), each picking up multi-hit contests with Sheerin driving in a pair of runs.
After walking the lead-off batter in the game, Smith settled in as she fanned the next three batters to turn it over to the offense. In the home-half of the first, the Corsairs erupted for a quarter of runs, highlighted by a two-rbi single into centerfield from Sheerin, before Kaitlyn Hart (Norton, Mass.) duplicated the knock of her teammate to plate another.
With Smith in cruise control, forcing out five batters in a row, the offense tacked on two more in the bottom of the third. Following a costly-error that brought in Sheerin with the fifth run, UMass Dartmouth capped the scoring for the game one batter later when Hannah Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) ripped a single to plate Kerry Farrell (New City, N.Y.).
Evensen came into relieve the senior starter to start the fourth, picking up right where her teammate left off. After striking out the first batter she faced, the sophomore retired 11 of the final 12 batters to close the door on the combined no-hitter, as the lone baserunner reached on an error.
UMass Dartmouth 10, Mass. Maritime 2
Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Sullivan were the Corsairs with multiple hits during the nightcap, but all nine starters in the game picked up a knock as the bats ignited to run-rule the opposition in the shortened contest.
After being no-hit in game one, the Buccaneers wasted no time getting the first baserunner on, as Melissa Cochran (Walpole, Mass.) looped a single over the head of the first baseman on the first pitch of the contest. From there sophomore right-hander Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) found a groove as forced the next nine batters into outs.
In the bottom of the second, UMass Dartmouth struck for two runs off of three hits. After fouling out to start the frame, Sheerin doubled and Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) singled to put runners on the corners. Evensen, acting as the designated player in game two, lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the first run of the game. Later, McSweeney drove in Sullivan on a two-out single to multiply the lead.
After allowing Mass. Maritime to creep into the contest in the top of the fourth, the Blue and Gold offense exploded for a six-run inning in the home-half. It started with three consecutive singles before McSweeney drove in her second run of the game when she lined it up the middle to bring in Mackenzie Joyce (Marblehead, Mass.). With another run in from Major's run-plating single, Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) and Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) doubled and singled home a run respectively, each scoring later on a passed ball to give the host an 8-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Corsairs put the game away, loading the bases to set the stage for Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) as the junior lined a single through the middle to bring in a pair of runs and put the final stamp on the game.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth improved its all-time series record against Mass. Maritime to 19-0, and have outscored the Buccaneers 53-4 in their meetings.
- Since 2012, the Corsairs pitching staff has recorded five one-hitters, with Wednesday's game one performance marking the first no-hitter during that span.
- The Corsairs scored 16 runs on the day is the most it has scored in a two-game series all season.
- Sheerin not only recorded her fourth multi-hit game of the year, but her two RBIs in game one gives her 25 in 53 career games. She also extended her hitting streak to three games.
- Major also extended her hitting streak to three games while Sullivan recorded her first two-hit performance of her career.
- Evenson had her longest outing of the season with four complete innings during the game one combined no-hitter.
UMass Dartmouth is back in action on March 31st when it opens Little East Conference play against Keene State at 1 p.m. Mass. Maritime squares off with the Falcons of Fitchburg State on Friday at 3 p.m.