April 24, 2010
KEENE, NH-Host Keene State limited the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team to four hits and swept their Little East Conference doubleheader, 7-1 and 0-0, at the Owl Athletic Complex Saturday. The second game was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule.
Trailing, 2-0, in the opener, the Corsairs scored their only run of the day on a solo home run by junior center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) in the top of the fourth inning. The Owls scored five runs in their half of the inning to break the game open. Left fielder Jessica Fiorenza began the rally with a two-run single, and first baseman Haley Chandler capped it with a three-run homer. Courtney Savoie pitched the first four innings for Keene State and earned the victory, improving to .9-2. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) took the loss for UMD and fell to 4-9.
Sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds' one-out double in the fifth inning (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) was the Corsairs' only hit of the game in the nightcap. Chandler and catcher Nicole Dupuis homered for the Owls in the second game. Emily Albin earned the win and improved to 5-1, while Eldridge once again started for UMD and took the loss and fell to 4-10.
"We were a little flat, and we didn't put the ball in play as much as we needed to," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "Offensively, we just didn't produce. They have a good team, and they hit the ball really well."
UMass Dartmouth is now 7-17 and 0-10 in the Little East Conference, while Keene State is now 19-10-1 and 6-2 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Monday. .
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