Softball Falls Twice at Roger Williams

BRISTOL, RI-Host Roger Williams scored eight runs in each game and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 8-0 and 8-3, in a non-conference doubleheader at Paolino Field Thursday.

The Corsairs scored all of their runs in the nightcap. Freshman shortstop Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) led off the top of the first inning with a single and moved to third on a double by junior center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS). Sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) and senior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) drove home both runs with infield grounders.

After the Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the first, sophomore left fielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) doubled with one out and scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch. But Roger Williams got four in their half of the second to take the lead for good. Junior center fielder Sarah Grill singled in one run, and sophomore shortstop Hannah Pirez tripled home two more. Freshman third baseman Laura McConnell singled home RWU's last two runs in the third. Freshman Kelly Marcin scattered 10 hits for a complete game victory, while UMD freshman starter Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) pitched the first three innings and took the loss.

The Hawks scored four times in the second inning of the opener to break the game open. Pirez homered and drove in three runs, sophomore second baseman Erica Castro added two RBIs, and Grill doubled three times as Roger Williams took advantage of three errors to score four unearned runs. Sophomore Jaclyn Doolin pitched a six-hit shutout for the win, while senior Alyssa Hosford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) started for the Corsairs and took the loss. The game ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

"Offensively, we left a lot of runners on base, and we didn't get the timely hitting we could have used," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "Defensively, we made too many mistakes. In the second game, we made fewer mistakes and put some runs on the board, and we got a decent number of hits."

The Corsairs dropped to 4-6, while the Hawks improved to 10-10. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State in their 2010 Little East Conference opener Saturday afternoon.

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