April 11, 2009
GORHAM, ME- Southern Maine squeezed out a run in the bottom of the 12th inning of the opener and scored eight runs in the third inning of the nightcap en route to a sweep of a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 8-7 in 12 innings and 10-0 at the USM Softball Field Saturday.
The Huskies began the 12th with Anita Dixon on second due to the international tie-breaker. Catcher Jessica Hayden sacrificed her to third base, and Lauren DeCecco followed with a bunt single to score Dixon.
UMass Dartmouth took an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a home run by freshman pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS), and scored three more in the third on junior left fielder Katy Williams' (Charlemont, MA/Mohawk Trail Regional HS) two-run single and a run-scoring hit by sophomore right fielder Jessica Falzone (Revere, MA/Revere HS). Junior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) made it 6-1 in the fourth with an infield grounder, but USM got four in the fifth, three on Dixon's bases-loaded triple. Dixon tripled in the tying run for the Huskies in the bottom of the seventh, and each team scored in the 11th before Southern Maine won it in the 12th. Alexandra Perdomo earned the win for USM, improving to 2-7, while Eldridge took the loss for the Corsairs and fell to 4-5.
Dixon's two-run homer keyed the eight-run third in the nightcap. The Corsairs were held to one hit, a second-inning single by senior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS). Sarah Deroche earned the win and improved to 2-7, while Kristie Duval (Fr. Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) started for UMD and took the loss, falling to 0-2.
"The first game was a tough loss, and I think we were mentally drained in the second game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "If we would have won the first game, I think we would have had the momentum in our favor. We took the lead in the first game, they came back and then it was back and forth until they won it in the 12th. It was disappointing to lose both games."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-11 and 2-4 in the Little East Conference, while Southern Maine improved to 4-22 and 2-4. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL