April 25, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Host Western Connecticut State swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team at the Westside Softball Complex Saturday. The Colonials won the opener, 4-1, and took the nightcap, 15-1, in a game that ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule.
WCSU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the opener on a two-run home by left fielder Luigina Facchini. The Corsairs cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth. Freshman designated hitter Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Katy Williams (Jr. Charlemont, MA/Mohawk Trail Regional HS). Williams moved up on an infield out and a single by sophomore center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS), then scored on an error by second baseman Amy Hartman. The Colonials scored twice more in the sixth on pitcher Magen Dargon's RBI single and a steal of home by third baseman Danielle Basciano. Dargon went all the way for the in, improving to 10-6. UMD starter Kristie Duval (Fr. Hanover, MA/Hanover HS), who pitched the first four innings, took the loss and fell to 0-2.
In the nightcap, Western Connecticut scored nine runs in their first two at-bats and took a commanding lead. The Corsairs scored their only run in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by senior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS). Hartman hit a two-run homer for the Colonials, and she and catcher Anna Levesque each drove in three runs. Brittany Connors earned the win and improved to 7-3, while UMass Dartmouth starter Brittany Eldridge (Fr. Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) took the loss and fell to 4-10.
"In the first game, our defense was solid, and our pitching did what we needed, but we just couldn't come through offensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We made some good plays defensively, but it wasn't enough. They had some good hitters. Obviously, the second game did not go as planned."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-21 and 2-10 in the Little East Conference, while WCSU improved to 19-15 and 6-4 in LEC play. The action concluded the season for the Corsairs.
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