April 26, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Western Connecticut State held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team to one run and eight hits and swept a Little East Conference doubleheader, winning 5-0 and 7-1 at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
Freshman third baseman Kate Kelly and sophomore third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) had two hits each for the Corsairs, who scored their only run in the sixth inning of the nightcap on a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS).
Senior designated hitter Stacey DiMaggio (Hopewell Junction, NY/John Jay HS) led the Colonial attack, driving in two runs for Western Connecticut in the opener and getting three hits in the nightcap. Senior Courtney Romans (Newton, NJ/Blair Academy) scattered three hits in six innings to win the opener, improving her record to 6-0, while junior right-hander Amie Nickerson (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip HS) took the loss and fell to 5-12. In the second game, senior Shelby Slie (Seymour, CT/Seymour HS) and sophomore Kara Cullinane (Lindenhurst, NY/Lindenhurst HS) combined for a five hitter, with Slie earning the win and improving to 15-6 and Cullinane pitching the final three innings for her first save of the year. Freshman right-hander Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) started and took the loss for UMass Dartmouth, falling to 1-11.
"Once again, when we play strong teams, we have to play well defensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "When you score one run in a doubleheader, you're not going to win too many games. We have to be able to make all of the routine plays. Overall, I think we did some good things this year that we're going to be able to build on for next season."
WCSU improved to 28-11 and 10-4 in the Little East Conference with the sweep, while UMass Dartmouth dropped to 6-24 and 2-12 in the Little East. The Colonials advanced to this week's Little East Conference Tournament, while the losses were the final action of the season for the Corsairs.