KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Sophomore Kylie Fletcher’s (Dighton, Mass.) RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a two-run rally and enabled UMass Dartmouth to walk off with a 2-1 non-league victory over Webster at the PFX Spring Games Monday afternoon at Fortune Road Field. The Corsairs dropped a 5-0 decision to the University of New England in the day’s second contest to fall to 4-2 overall on the young season.
Webster (1-7) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a suicide squeeze off the bat of junior Darian Morlan (Duchesne, Utah), and that score held up until the bottom of the final frame when UMass Dartmouth staged its late heroics with two outs. A pair of walks gave the Corsairs runners at first and second, and sophomore Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) tied the game on an RBI single before scoring the winning run on Fletcher’s single up the middle.
Richards ended up with two of UMass Dartmouth’s three hits in the triumph, as junior Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) celebrated her Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week selection earlier in the day by earning her second win of the year by fanning three over two scoreless innings. Richards and Evensen combined to hold the Gorloks to two hits, while junior Breelyn Craig (Victorville, Calif.) allowed just one hit but combined for six walks and five punchouts over the first five frames inside the circle for Webster.
In the nightcap, senior Melissa Sprague (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Jordan Strum (Somersworth, N.H.) combined on a four-hit shutout for UNE’s Nor’easters (2-2), who received two RBI each from senior Avery Alberghini (Moretown, Vt.) and junior Sarah Lachapelle (Gilford, N.H.). Junior Kate McDonald (Scituate, Mass.) allowed just two earned runs and fanned a pair to suffer the pitching setback for the Corsairs.
UMass Dartmouth resumes action at the PFX Spring Games on Thursday morning by taking on the College of Staten Island and Suffolk in a pair of non-league contests beginning at 11:45 am.