GORHAM, Maine – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team split a doubleheader with the University of Southern Maine to close its Little East Conference schedule, powering to a 9-1 victory in Game One before being silenced in a 3-0 shutout in the backend of the twin bill.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 9, Southern Maine 1 (Game One) | Southern Maine 3, UMass Dartmouth 0 (Game Two)
Records: Corsairs (23-13, 7-7 LEC) | Huskies (21-18, 8-6 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 9, Southern Maine 1
The Blue & Gold erased an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth before blowing up the contest with five runs in the seventh to earn the 9-1 victory in the opener.
Eight hitters recorded knocks in the game one victory with the table setters at the top of the lineup – Maddie O'Gryzek (Kingston, Mass.) and Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) – combining for a 7-for-9 display at the plate. Freshman Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) added a three-hit performance of her own, while Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) belted her second homer of the season.
In the circle, Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) tossed five-innings while surrendering just one run on four hits while striking out a pair. Sophomore Annika Evensen (Lake Forrest, Calif.) made her 23rd relief appearance of the year, logging two scoreless frames.
Southern Maine jumped out in front in the bottom of the third, as Kayleigh Bohan (Bedford, N.H.) picked up the first hit for her team with her solo shot to right field.
In the fourth, the Corsairs got things going for themselves when Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) opened the inning with her first collegiate triple. Fletcher knotted it up at one when she doubled to the gap in left center, before coming around herself when freshman Kerry Farrell (New City, N.Y.) singled to make it three-straight hits for the offense. With one down, back-to-back doubles by Smith and O'Gryzek gave the Corsairs a 4-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the offense reengaged, starting when Sheerin led off the frame, lifting her solo homer to centerfield. The visiting Corsairs swatted five of its 15 hits in the seventh inning alone as RBI singles from Evensen and O'Gryzek highlighted the frame en route to the 9-1 final.
Southern Maine 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
The Corsairs offense was stymied in the nightcap as sophomore Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) cruised through seven shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing just three hits. Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.), Major, and Richards recorded hits while Kate McDonald (Scituate, Mass.) worked a walk as the only Corsairs to reach base in the game.
Southern Maine grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first when a wild pitch allowed Brittany Plowman (Scarborough, Me.) to scamper in from third. In the bottom of the third, the host doubled the on Courtney Davis' (Woburn, Mass.) double to left centerfield and pushed across the final run in the bottom of the fourth on a fielder's choice.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs 15-hit total in game one ranks as the second most of the year, just two hits behind the most set on April 5 against Bridgewater State.
- 169 runs scored on the season also surpasses the mark from last season of 149.
- With Sheerin's homer, the Corsairs have now more than doubled its home run total from a season ago with 13 on the year compared to just six in 2016-17.
- Major's three-hit game in the first contest was the fourth of her career, also giving her nine career multi-hit games. O'Gryzek posted her second four-hit game of the season.
- UMass Dartmouth holds the no. 5 seed in the upcoming LEC playoffs and is set to take on Eastern Connecticut on Thursday, May 3.
UMass Dartmouth will square off against second-seeded Eastern Connecticut at 12pm on Thursday, May 3 in the opening round of the Little East Conference Championship at Plymouth State University.