April 3, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Plymouth State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the first game and held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team scoreless for six innings in the nightcap and swept a doubleheader from the Corsairs, 2-1 and 6-3, in the 2010 Little East Conference for both schools at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs, who were the visiting team because the games were originally scheduled to be played at PSU but were moved due to inclement weather, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS). The Panthers tied it in the fourth when sophomore shortstop Amy Green (Atkinson, NH/Timberlane Regional HS) walked with the bases loaded, and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when senior first baseman Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, NH/Somersworth HS) beat out an infield hit and sophomore center fielder Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) came around to score on an error by losing pitcher Brittany Eldridge (So. Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS). Sophomore Ali Keith (Northfield, NH/Winnisquam HS) earned the victory and improved to 2-2, while Eldridge fell to 1-2.
The Panthers took advantage of four errors to score three unearned runs in the nightcap. Sophomore right fielder Kristen Vibberts walked with the bases loaded and Luisi singled home a run in the second, junior designated hitter Andrea Pydynkowski doubled home a run in the third, and junior catcher Kortney Nedeau doubled home another run in the fourth.
Sophomore first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MApitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, /Shawsheen HS) doubled home the Corsairs' first run in the seventh, another scored on a wild pitch, and sophomore right fielder Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) drove home the third with a sacrifice fly. Freshman Diana Bean (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) earned the victory and improved to 2-4, while UMD senior starter Alyssa Hosford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) took the loss and fell to 2-3.
"We played pretty solid defense for most of the first game, and Brittany pitched a good game, considering she hadn't pitched in three weeks," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "The wind was so strong, it kept several balls from going out of the park that would have gone out if it wasn't blowing. We didn't get the big hits when we needed them. In the second game, we made some good plays on defense, but we didn't make some routine plays, and it cost us. We have a young team, and we have to keep improving."
UMass Dartmouth is now 4-8 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference, while Plymouth State is now 4-9 and 2-0 in the Little East.. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Framingham State Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will visit Lyndon State next Thursday. .
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