April 10, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team lost twice against visiting Keene State, 9-0 and 5-1, in a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
Leading 1-0 in the first game, Keene State junior first baseman Sara Stocklinski (Newton, NJ/Kittatinny Regional HS) singled, scoring two runs, giving Keene State a 3-0 lead going into the sixth. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Stocklinski hit a triple, scoring three runs and put the Owls up 9-0. The Corsairs had chance to score in the third, but junior first baseman Katie Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) struck out with the bases loaded, ending the only opportunity the Corsairs had. The game was called after six innings due to the eight-run rule. Owls junior pitcher Emily Albin (7-2; Bethel, CT/Bethel HS) pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts. Corsairs junior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (4-7; Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) lasted five innings, giving up three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.
In the second game, with the score tied 1-1 in the second inning, Owls sophomore outfielder Kayla Joyce (Bridgewater, MA/Cardinal Spellman HS) homered over the left field fence, giving the Owls a 2-1 lead which they never relinquished. The Owls added one run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, en route to a 5-1 victory. The Corsairs had runners in scoring position in the first, third and fifth innings but came up empty handed. Stocklinski (8-0) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Eldridge suffered her second loss of the day, giving up five runs on ten hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
"We just couldn't get the offense going today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "When we did get the offense, we couldn't capitalize. Brittany [Eldridge] gave us everything she had. We had a chance, we just couldn't get it done. In both games, we battled them to the end. We were in the first game until the sixth inning and the second game was the same thing. We are a team that's a work in progress. We need to be more aggressive and confident at the plate. If we can get the offense together and the defense keeps clicking and we can get our pitching healthy, I think we can contend."
The Corsairs are now 4-11 and 1-3 in the Little East Conference, while Keene State is now 18-6 and 3-1. UMD will return to action when they host Becker in a doubleheader Tuesday. Keene State will visit Williams Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL