BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Sophomore Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) went a combined 7-for-10 with seven RBI and six runs scored to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Bridgewater State University this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Corsairs rallied for an 11-10 victory in the opener, while registering a season-best 17 runs in the nightcap to stretch the visitors' current win streak to seven games.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 11, Bridgewater State 10 (Game 1) | UMass Dartmouth 17, Bridgewater State 6, 6 innings (Game 2)
Records: UMass Dartmouth 15-5, Bridgewater State 7-11
How It Happened:
UMass Dartmouth 11, Bridgewater State 10 (Game 1)
Freshman Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) spearheaded the UMass Dartmouth comeback win in Game 1 at Bridgewater State, registering two extra-base hits, on a double and three-run homer, and drove in season-high six RBI. Junior Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.), freshman Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.), senior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) and Sheerin set the tone at the top of the Corsair lineup, accounting for nine of the 13 visitors' hits.
UMass Dartmouth was able to erase a 9-2 deficit through the middle innings of the non-conference contest. Unfazed by the Bears' nine-run second inning, the Corsairs responded in the third when Fletcher launched a three-run homer, her second of the season, to cut the deficit to 9-5. The visitors added a pair of runs in the fourth before regaining the lead on a Sheerin RBI single to centerfield to cap a three-run fifth.
The Bears forged a 10-all tie in the bottom of the sixth, but UMass Dartmouth pushed ahead in the seventh. O'Gryzek led off the frame with a triple to right centerfield. With one out, Colton plated the eventual game-winning run on a double to left field.
Sophomore Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) earned the victory, throwing the final three innings. Evensen retired the final five Bridgewater State batters in order to improve her record to 2-1. Classmate Kate McDonald (Scituate, Mass.) scattered four hits without giving up a run in 2.1 innings to keep the Corsairs within striking distance. UMass Dartmouth starter Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) received a no-decision in 1.2 innings of work.
UMass Dartmouth 17, Bridgewater State 6, 6 innings (Game 2)
Cierra Sheerin and classmate Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) combined for 7-for-8 from the dish with 10 RBI to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 17-6 victory in the nightcap. Sheerin remained red-hot in the batters' box with 4-for-5 outing with four runs scored and five RBI. Pereira reached safely in all five plate appearances, boasting a 3-for-3 performance with two walks and a career-high five RBI. Major also registered three base knocks as the Corsairs pounded out 17 hits.
Bridgewater State erased an early 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the first. However, UMass Dartmouth responded with a seven-run outburst in the top of the second. Sheerin laced a two-run single, while Richards followed suit with a two-run single to centerfield to push the visitors' advantage to 6-3. Pereira delivered the decisive hit —a three-run homer—to cap the scoring. The Corsairs added three insurance runs in the fourth, including a two-run double by Sheerin. The Bears matched the visitors' offensive output, but UMass Dartmouth put the contest out of reach with five runs in the top of the sixth.
Senior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) raised her individual record to 6-3, throwing five innings. She surrendered six runs, three earned, on eight hits, while recording five strikeouts. Evenson tossed a scoreless sixth inning.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1pm on Sunday, April 8, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University. The conference doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played in Danbury, Conn., but moved to UMass Dartmouth due to unplayable field conditions.