Softball Sweeps Framingham State, 7-3 and 4-3

April 9, 2009

Final Stats

FRAMINGHAM, MA-Sophomore right fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team earned their third sweep of the season, defeating host Framingham State, 7-3 and 4-3,in a non-conference doubleheader at Farley Field Thursday.

Conway's double drove home freshman Bethany Berube (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS), who pinch-ran for freshman first baseman Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS).

The Corsairs took an early 3-0 lead on a two-run double by junior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) in the second inning and an infield grounder by sophomore right-hander Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) in the third. But the Rams scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to tie the game. Puls, who relieved starter Kristie Duval (Fr. Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) in the fourth inning, earned the victory and improved to 2-3. Alysia Morrissette, who pitched the final three innings for FSC, took the loss and fell to 1-12.

Eldridge pitched a five-hitter in the opener, and the Corsairs took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, getting run-scoring singles from Suprenant, Berube and freshman first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS). The Rams scored twice in the first, but the Corsairs scored two more runs in the fifth on Suprenant's RBI triple and an infield grounder by senior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS). Eldridge earned the victory and improved to 4-3, while Morrissette, who started the opener and pitcher the first five innings, took the loss.

"We put the ball in play and made a lot of things happen, and we were solid defensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We were solid defensively in the first game, and we made a couple of errors in the second game, but they didn't really cost us. Overall, it was a good day." UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-9, and is 6-2 since returning from their trip to Florida. Framingham State dropped to 4-22. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday.

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