April 9, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split with visiting Plymouth State, 4-2 and 2-1, in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
The first inning proved to be all the Panthers needed to take down the Corsairs in the first game. With two runners on base, senior catcher Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, ME/Kennebunk HS) blasted a three run home run over the centerfield wall, giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead. The Panthers added another run in the second inning with a double by junior infielder Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, RI/North Kingstown HS) that scored sophomore outfielder Jenn Bove (Medford, MA/Medford HS). Panthers freshman pitcher Amber White (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits with nine strikeouts. UMD junior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (4-5; Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) allowed four runs on three hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
In the second game, the Corsairs plated their first run in the third inning when junior infielder Bethany Berube (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) scored following an error by Panthers freshman shortstop Denise Freitas (Sanford, ME/Sanford HS). The Panthers tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth when Luisi scored on a sacrifice by Nedeau. In the fifth inning, junior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) doubled to right field, scoring freshman shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS), putting UMD on top 2-1. The Panthers tried to tie the game in the sixth, but senior centerfielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) threw out Luisi at home, preserving UMD's 2-1 lead. Eldridge shut down three straight batters in the seventh, securing the 2-1 win for UMass Dartmouth. Eldridge pitched seven innings in the second game, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Plymouth State freshman pitcher Nora Galvin (2-5; Windham, NH/Salem HS) threw 5.1 innings, surrendering six hits and two runs with two strikeouts.
"The first game was a heartbreaker," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "If we could have taken out that first and second inning, we battled back but unfortunately it was a little too late in the seventh. We were able to carry momentum into the second game and came out victorious. I'm very proud of Brittany [Eldridge], she was able to dig deep and do what she needed to do and she had the fielding behind her. Each and every one of the girls played with their heart on their sleeve today. I hope we can ride this confidence into tomorrow's doubleheader with Keene State."
The Corsairs are now 4-9 and 1-2 in the Little East Conference, while Plymouth State is now 7-10 and 1-3. UMD will return to action when they host Keene State in an LEC doubleheader Sunday. Plymouth State will visit Castleton State Tuesday.
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