April 11, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting UMass Boston scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 5-3, in the first game of their Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. The Beacons won the second game, 9-1 in five innings
Sophomore first baseman Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, MA/Revere HS) hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to tie the opener at 3-3. One out later, junior designated hitter Maria Nasta (Andover, MA/Andover HS) doubled home the go-ahead runs.
The Corsairs took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and senior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) singled home runs, and freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) walked with the bases loaded to force home a third run.
Freshman second baseman Kasey O'Connell singled home a run for the Beacons in the third.
Junior Emily Wolf went all the way for UMB and earned the win, improving to 6-5. Eldridge took the loss and fell to 2-3.
Freshman catcher Sue Killilea (Abington, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) doubled with the bases loaded to drive in three runs and key a five-run rally for UMass Boston in the nightcap. Freshman right fielder Taylor Ham (Hingham, MA/Hingham HS) drove in UMass Dartmouth's only run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Freshman third baseman Marisa McKinnon (Revere, MA/Revere HS) had three hits and drove in two runs for UMB. Sophomore Kara Willis earned the win and improved to 5-5, while Howarth took the loss for the Corsirs and fell to 1-5.
"We let our guard down in the first game, we didn't play all seven innings on offense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We got hits sporadically, we had the bases loaded in the first inning with no outs and we could have scored more runs. We left runners on base, and we let them back in the game. We knew they were a good hitting team, but we just let it get away from us."
UMass Dartmouth is now 5-11 and 0-4 in the Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is now 11-10 and 2-2. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Becker Tuesday. The Beacons will visit Suffolk Tuesday. .
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