April 14, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI-Host Rhode Island College amassed 24 hits and swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 10-2 and 14-0, at the Dayna A. Bazar Memorial Softball Field Tuesday. Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule.
In the opener, the Corsairs trailed, 3-2 after 2 ½ innings after scoring once in the second inning on an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) and once more in the third on a run-scoring double by freshman pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS). But RIC scored four times in the bottom of the third to take a 7-2 lead. The Anchorwomen took advantage of five UMD errors to score four unearned runs. Shortstop Donnielle Mattoon drove in three runs for RIC. Melanie Neece pitched the first five innings to get the win for Rhode Island College and improved to 7-1, while Eldridge took the loss and fell to 4-5.
In the nightcap, the Corsairs were limited to one hit, a fourth-inning single by junior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS). RIC scored nine runs in the second inning to break the game open. Jenna Deveines pitched a complete game for the Anchorwomen and improved to 11-0, while junior Alyssa Hosford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) started for UMD and took the loss, falling to 0-1. "We didn't play well at all," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We were right in the first game, but we made too many errors, and they capitalized on them. Rhode Island College is a good team, and you can't make mistakes against them, because they will take advantage of them."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-13 and 2-6 in the Little East Conference, while RIC improved to 25-2-1 and 5-0-1. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Curry Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL