April 20, 2008
ORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader with visiting UMass Boston at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon. The Corsairs won the opener, 6-1, but dropped the nightcap, 9-7.
Junior right-hander Amie Nickerson (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip HS) scattered six hits for the Corsairs in the opener, earning her fifth victory in 15 decisions. The Corsairs erupted for five runs in the bottom of the second inning, scoring once when sophomore second baseman Desiree Sousa (Swansea, MA/Case HS) was hit by a pitched with the bases loaded, and another when sophomore third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) walked with the bases full. Junior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) singled home two more runs, and sophomore catcher Kathleen L'Abbe (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) singled home the fifth.
Junior catcher Jenn Widener (Hyde Park, MA/Fontbonne Academy) singled home a run in the third for the Beacons, and Andruszkiewicz drove home the sixth Corsairs run with a sixth-inning triple. Junior right-hander Courtney Haroules (Littleton, MA/Cushing Academy) took the loss for UMass Boston, falling to 1-18.
The Corsairs rallied in the second game, but fell short. Nickerson and L'Abbe had run-scoring hits and Andruszkiewicz knocked in another run with an infield out with UMass Dartmouth trailing, 8-1, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nickerson singled in two more runs in the sixth. Junior first baseman Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA/Everett HS) singled home a run in the top of the seventh for the Beacons, and freshman left fielder Meghan Federico (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) doubled home a run in the bottom half of the inning. But Haroules retired the side without allowing any more runs to earn the victory and improve her record to 2-18.
Haroules singled and doubled and drove in five of the Beacons' first eight runs, all of which came during their first three at-bats. Freshman right-hander Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) started and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 1-9.
"Amie pitched a very good game in the opener," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "Her location was very good, and we got the timely hitting that we needed. In the second game, we got too far behind, and we waited too long to start hitting. Their pitcher pitched a better game, her changeup was effective and we had trouble adjusting."
UMass Dartmouth is now 6-20 and 2-8 in the Little East Conference, while UMass Boston is to 4-25 and 1-9. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday evening in a Little East Conference doubleheader, while the Beacons will host Keene State in a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.