March 15, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, SC-A long day had a good ending for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team in their doubleheader against Bay Path and Becker on their spring trip at the Huckabee Sports Complex Monday.
Sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) doubled with the bases loaded to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth inning and the Corsairs outlasted Becker, 7-4, to gain a split of their doubleheader. UMass Dartmouth lost their opener to Bay Path, 4-0.
The second game, which was delayed for approzimately 90 minutes because earlier games ran late, was tied at 2-2 when sophomore pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) relieved starter Alyssa Hosford (Sr. Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) in the bottom of the fourth inning. The teams had to vacate the field due a conflict two hours after they started, and they waited another 40 minutes until another field cleared and played the final inning. Eldridge, who started the game as the designated hitter, had three hits, as did Rounds. Freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) had two hits and two runs batted in, and the Corsairs had 10 hits in the game.
In the opener, Rounds had all three of UMD's hits. Eldridge started on the mound and pitched all six innings, walking two and striking out eight.
"I was very happy to see us get the win," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Donna Poyant. "We hung in there all day through all the adversity, and Brittany did a great job coming back in the second game after throwing a complete game in the first game. Hannah really came through for us in the clutch."
UMass Dartmouth is now 1-3, while Bay Path is now 1-0 and Becker is 0-2. The Corsairs will play Philadelphia Biblical and Albright Wednesday. .
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL