DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team had their bats quieted in the Little East Conference doubleheader with Eastern Connecticut, as impressive outings from Morgan Bolduk and Morgan Sanson allowed the Corsairs to plate just one run on senior day at the UMD softball fields.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 3, UMass Dartmouth 1 (Game One) | Eastern Connecticut 5, Mass Dartmouth 0 (Game Two)
Records: Corsairs (22-12, 6-6 LEC) | Warriors (14-17, 8-4 LEC)
How it Happened
Eastern Connecticut 3, UMass Dartmouth 1 (Game One)
Senior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) looked strong throughout the majority of game one, as she tossed six frames, including five hitless, while striking out five hitters. Bolduk matched the Corsairs ace inning-by-inning, as she went the distance allowing one run on five hits and fanning seven herself.
At the plate, Smith broke the opposing pitcher's no-hit bid when she lined a single through the middle in the bottom of the third. Fellow-senior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) joined her teammate with a single of her own, while Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Maddie O'Gryzek (Kingston, Mass.) chipped in with a hit apiece.
Game one opened in a pitcher's duel as 15-straight batters were retired between the two teams. UMass Dartmouth got the offenses going, as the lead-off hitters reached on singles during the third and fourth innings.
Eastern Connecticut took the lead in the top of the fifth when Crysta Wolski worked a base on balls, before swiping second, and scoring later in unearned fashion, The Blue and Gold responded in the bottom-half when Leah Major's (Fairhaven, Mass.) moved the two runners aboard to second and third base, setting the stage for Polk's RBI single.
In the fifth, Bolduk repaid her opponent in the circle for breaking up her no-hit attempt, lacing a double to the gap in right-center to spoil the hitless streak from Smith. Sara Pisanelli made it two in one frame when she dropped down a suicide squeeze to plate Bolduk, coming around to score later in the frame for the 3-1 score.
Eastern Connecticut 5, UMass Dartmouth 0 (Game Two)
UMass Dartmouth's offense managed just two-hits off Sanson, as the sophomore cruised in her complete-game shutout of the Corsairs, working around two walks and striking out a pair. Kerry Farrell (New City, N.Y.) and O'Gryzek supplied the only two hits for the Blue & Gold.
O'Gryzek jumped on the opposing hitter in her first at-bat of the game, as the junior led game two with a rope to center field. After a two-out walk to Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.), the scoring chance was nullified by Sanson. Eastern Connecticut nabbed the lead in the top of the second when three straight singles brought home Megan Hodgdon who got the two-out rally started.
With a 3-0 deficit, the Corsairs got their second hit of the contest when Farrell duplicated her teammate with her own line drive singles up the middle of the field. After going hitless in the fourth and fifth, the Warriors posted two hits in each of the final two innings to plate a run in both for the 5-0 final.
Inside the Numbers
- O'Gryzek was the lone Corsair with hits in both games and has now had a knock in four of her last five contests.
- Smith surpassed 100 innings for the third consecutive season with her six innings of action during game one. Despite the loss, she ranks within the top-three for earned run average and victories.
- The Corsairs fell to fourth in the conference standings with the two losses.
The Blue & Gold host its final doubleheader on the campus of UMass Dartmouth on Thursday when it welcomes Framingham State for two. Eastern Connecticut travels to Johnson & Wales on the same day as it concludes the non-conference slate.