March 17, 2011
FORT MYERS, FL-The final day of their spring trip was the best day for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team.
The Corsairs, who had dropped the first six games on their trip, came within a whisker of a sweep on their final day of action. They blanked the College of Wooster, 2-0, and fell just short in the final inning of the nightcap, bowing to Edgewood, 3-2.
Junior Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) pitched a one-hit shutout in the opener, yielding just two walks and a sixth-inning single to shortstop Kelley Johnson. The Corsairs broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning on RBI singles by junior left fielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) and senior center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS).
In the second game, the Corsairs scored a run in the third on an RBI triple by Conway, and another in the fifth on a ground rule double by junior second baseman Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS). UMass Dartmouth threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Mulready led off with a single and moved to second a wild pitch. With two out, junior catcher Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) hit a long drive to right center field, but Eagle center fielder Carlene DeCoster ran it down and made the catch to end the game.
Eldridge pitched the nightcap as well, yielding three runs and eight hits while walking two and striking out three. Jasha Gilbert went the first four innings to earn the victory, while Charlie Leikness pitched the final three innings to earn the save.
"The first game was a really good game, we dug deep and battled all day and hung in there, and we finally were able to get the runs across. The second game was a heartbreaker. Diane Barry hit a drive that looked like it was going to be a home run, but their center fielder made an unbelievable catch. Brittany pitched two very good games, she was hitting her spots. Michelle Conway and Diane Barry each had four hits; they both had very good days. We are starting to put it together, and today was a good day."
The Corsairs are now 1-7, while Wooster is 3-5 and Edgewood is 4-6. UMD will begin their home schedule when they play Roger Williams in a doubleheader next Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL