PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Blue and Gold returned to .500 on the season (13-13, 6-2 LEC) with a conference doubleheader sweep of opponent Rhode Island College (10-8, 1-3 LEC) at Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Earning the victory in the circle for the Corsairs in game one was sophomore Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.), whose 104 pitches carried her through a complete game of seven innings, eight hits, three runs, and five strikeouts. UMass Dartmouth collected the game two triumph in convincing fashion, with righty Anna Kerwood (Florence, Mass.) earning the win behind 13 runs of support featuring a career-high five RBI from sophomore Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.).
How it Happened
Game One: Corsairs 5, Anchorwomen 3
- Down 3-0 in the fourth inning, the visitors erupted for four in the frame sparked by freshman Lindsay Chubbuck's (Berkley, Mass.) two-run single to right. Junior Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) then encored the act with a run-producing double to left to plate Richards to tie the game back up at three before sophomore Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) gave the squad the lead with an RBI groundout (4-3).
- Richards worked a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth innings, paving the way for Sheerin's solo shot that came in the seventh that served as an insurance score that provided the Blue and Gold with slightly more breathing room (5-3).
- The Corsairs withstood a two-out, last licks double by senior Emma Simmons (Saunderstown, R.I.), retiring the tying run at the plate in senior Cristin Chiaverini (Pawtucket, R.I.) by popping her out to short.
Game Two: Corsairs 13, Anchorwomen 3
- UMass Dartmouth did more of the same in game two, replicating its four-run inning trend in the first, second, and third innings of the affair.
- Richards' RBI single and freshman Autumn Medeiros' (Swansea, Mass.) two-run hit bookended a run-yielding wild pitch to afford the visitors an early cushion (4-0).
- Fletcher widened the margin with a grand slam in the team's next turn in the batter's box (8-1).
- Keeping up the momentum in the third, back-to-back-to-back hits by freshman Averi Soares (New Beford, Mass.), Fletcher and Richards ballooned the margin to double-digits (13-1).
- Rhode Island College would post two in the home portion of the fifth in an effort to prolong the game, but the Corsairs would be the beneficiary of the run rule en route to earning the LEC twinbill sweep.
Inside the Numbers
- Lead off hitting freshman Rachel Pereira (Dartmouth, Mass.) got it down atop the Corsair lineup, registering a 2-for-3 outing including a run scored.
- Chubbuck and Sheerin each scored a run and drove in a pair. Both of Sheerin's knocks were for extra bases (double, homerun).
- Despite taking the loss for the hosts, Anchorwoman Briana Gough (West Warwick, R.I.) was efficient in the circle, keeping her pitch count to 77 (59 strikes) over seven innings.
- In addition to registering a career-high five RBI, Fletcher scored a personal-best three runs and drilled her first collegiate grand slam. The outfielder's homer was the first of the season after celebrating four total last year.
- Richards went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Her three RBI on the day ties her season-high from Tuesday's performance against UMass Boston.
- All of the Corsairs' 13 runs were earned.
Head Coach Amy Sasin's squad returns right back to action at home against Worcester State tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader commencing at noon. Simultaneously, Rhode Island College hits the road to take on Bridgewater State University.
(Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant
Photo credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)