April 4, 2009
BOSTON, MA- Freshman right-hander Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) pitched a seven-hitter in the opener, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team came from behind in the nightcap to sweep host UMass Boston in a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Field Saturday. The Corsairs won both games by identical scores of 3-2.
Eldridge outdueled the Beacons' Kara Willis in the opener, limiting UMB to a single earned run. Junior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) singled in a run in the first inning to give the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. After the Beacons tied the game in their half of the first inning on an RBI double by senior designated hitter Courtney Haroules, sophomore center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the second, and sophomore second baseman Desiree Sousa's (Swansea, MA/Case HS) run-scoring single in the third made it 3-1. Eldridge earned the victory and improved to 3-3, while Willis took the loss and fell to 6-10.
The Corsairs trailed, 2-0, after five innings in the nightcap. They loaded the bases on three walks, and then Eldridge, who played first base in the second game, put UMass Dartmouth on the scoreboard with the Corsairs' first hit of the game, a single through the right side. An infield grounder by freshman catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) tied the score. Sophomore pitcher Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS), who had relieved starter Kristie Duval (Fr. Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) in the fourth inning, tripled home Duval with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, then pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the victory. Puls improved to 1-3 with the win, while Willis took the loss and fell to 6-11 despite limiting UMD to two hits.
"We put the ball in play, and we played solid defense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "Brittany pitched well in the first game, and we did a great job of battling back in the second game. We played well defensively the whole doubleheader, we only made one error. We did what we needed to do to win." UMass Dartmouth is now 5-9 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is now 6-14 and 0-4 in the LEC. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Framingham State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL