GORHAM, Maine – UMass Dartmouth grabbed an exciting 5-4 extra-inning victory over the Huskies in game one as part of the Blue and Gold's Little East doubleheader sweep at the USM Softball Stadium on Tuesday.
How it Happened
Game One: Corsairs 5, Huskies 4 | Records: UMassD (17-14, 8-3); USM (14-12, 3-6)
- Southern Maine cashed in on a leadoff double by junior Ashley Tinsman (Cape Elizabeth, Me.) that rung in the second inning as she was promptly moved to third on an Ashley Alward (Cornville, Me.) sacrifice bunt. Junior Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla.) then put her squad on the board with a run-producing groundout (1-0).
- Threatening with runners on the corners and nobody out in the home half of the fourth, the Huskies nearly left the well empty handed after Corsair freshman catcher Lindsay Chubbuck (Berkley, Mass.) received Hirsch's missed bunt attempt before picking off sophomore Kayla Horner (Westbrook, Me.) at third in the Husky's haste to scamper back. Hirsch made up for the unsuccessful squeeze play by lining a two-out double down the opposite field line (2-0).
- UMass Dartmouth made the Huskies pay for a leadoff error that allowed sophomore Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) to reach in the fifth; freshman Madison Reichert (Floral Park, N.Y.) deadened a bunt just in front of the lefty batter's box for a base hit ahead of classmate Rachel Pereira's (Dartmouth, Mass.) RBI single to put the Blue and Gold on the board (2-1).
- The Corsairs continued their momentum after pinch runner Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) motored home on a wild pitch to knot the affair (2-2) to precede freshman Averi Soares' (New Bedford, Mass.) run-producing groundout (3-2).
- Sophomore Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) then singled through the 5.5 hole to reach then moved up 120 feet after a steal and wild pitch. Richards then helped her own cause by ripping a hard ground ball that ate up shortstop Kaitlyn Nelson (Guildhall, Vt.), providing the Corsairs with slightly more breathing room (4-2).
- Southern Maine saw its first two hitters go down but sparked a two-out, two-run rally in the seventh on an Alexis Brown (Malden, Mass.) RBI double to get her team within one to precede Tinsman's game-tying knock (4-4).
- In the eighth, freshman Autumn Medeiros (Swansea, Mass.) worked a one-out walk and then stole second, moving to third on a Major infield single. O'Gryzek swung at the first pitch that she saw, grounding out to short for an RBI that plated Medeiros to give the Corsairs the lead once more (5-4).
- Corsair junior Kate McDonald (Scituate, Mass.) came on in the bottom of the inning and retired the side for a clean 1-2-3 frame and the save.
Game Two: Corsairs 6, Huskies 1 | Records: UMassD (18-14, 9-3); USM (14-13, 3-7)
- Fletcher ripped a blistering single through the left side that got the best of left fielder Hannah Kenney (Oxford, Me.), allowing Major and junior Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) to come home in the third (2-0).
- An inning later, junior Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) lifted an RBI double to deep center field that chased freshman MaKinna Van Horn (Marysville, Wash.) to the plate (3-0).
- Tinsman got the hosts in the run column by working a bases-loaded walk in the fifth (3-1).
- UMass Dartmouth struck again in the penultimate frame, getting another run producing hit to center from Sheerin to reel in Richards (4-1).
- In the seventh, Richards drove in two on a single past the diving third baseman and into left field to provide her squad with additional insurance (6-1).
Inside the Numbers
- McDonald grabbed her second save of the season, encoring last Sunday's performance at home versus Worcester State. Freshman Anna Kerwood (Florence, Mass.) got credit for the win to move her record to 6-4.
- After submitting a 2-for-4 outing in the batter's box, Major has seven hits in the last eight contests. Fletcher, too, has seen success at the dish of late, logging 17 knocks in her previous 13 contests.
- The Corsairs have posted at least five runs in 12 games this season.
- Southern Maine outhit UMass Dartmouth, 12-6. Each side left nine on base.
- With six runs in the nightcap, the Blue and Gold upped their total number of games featuring 5+ runs scored to 13.
- Fletcher, Richards, and Sheerin each tallied a pair of RBI.
- Six different Corsairs scored.
- The Huskies left 11 on base.
- Corsair junior Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) finished out the ballgame after going 2.1 hitless, scoreless innings.
Southern Maine resumes play in less than 24 hours, hosting non-conference opponent Bates at 4 and 6 p.m. Head Coach Amy Sasin's team gets back to action on Saturday, taking on Roger Williams University at the UMD Softball Complex for a non-league twinbill commencing at 11 a.m.
(Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo credit: Zack Roy '18)