DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth shutout Keene State in both ends of its conference doubleheader as the Corsairs earned a Little East twin bill sweep over the Owls by scores of 9-0 and 4-0 at the UMD Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. Host junior Cierra Sheerin picked up her 100th career hit in game one, while sophomore right-handed pitcher Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) tossed a cumulative 11 scoreless innings, yielding a combined eight hits and two walks to go along with nine total strikeouts.
How it Happened
Game One: Corsairs 9, Owls 0 (6 Inn.)
- With runners on second and third for the Corsairs in the first, Owl second baseman Courtney Votto (Durham, Conn.) hauled in a pop-up on the infield and tried to double up junior Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) off second; shortstop Lauren Rousseau (Richmond, R.I.) could not handle the toss from her fellow middle infielder and had the ball trickle away long enough for UMass Dartmouth freshman Rachel Pereira (Dartmouth, Mass.) to scamper home (1-0). Freshman Autumn Medeiros (Swansea, Mass.) padded the advantage later in the inning with a double over the left fielder's head (2-0).
- Richards helped her own cause with an RBI double as well, scoring sophomore Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) on the play in the third (3-0). Two frames later, Pereira could take her time on her next run scored as she blased a solo shot that stayed just inside the foul pole (4-0). The hosts' next two scores came on balls hit to the second baseman, with the first being misplayed for an error to let Fletcher cross the plate for an unearned tally ahead of Pereira's RBI groundout in the sixth (6-0).
- The Corsairs then concluded the contest early via the run rule in the sixth inning, widening the gap on McSweeney's run-producing single back up the middle in addition to Richards' two-run double the opposite way (9-0).
Game Two: Corsairs 4, Owls 0
- The Blue and Gold capitalized on another Owl miscue as Richards' third inning grounder to first base bounced off of the fielder's leg for Pereira to score (1-0). Moments later with runners on the corners, Medeiros laid down a bunt approximately 15 feet up the first base line which allowed McSweeney to double the lead (2-0).
- Corsair sophomore Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right a frame later to get pinch-runner Marisa Minore (Branford, Conn.) in from third (3-0). In the sixth, the tri-captain then laced a double to the gap to reel in senior Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) (4-0). Freshman pitcher Anna Kerwood (Florence, Mass.) came on in the bottom of the seventh to seal the deal for Richards' ninth win of the season and the team's Saturday afternoon conference doubleheader sweep.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs' 13 hits matched its season-high accomplished twice earlier this season, which came in wins against UMass Boston (Apr. 2) and Worcester State (Apr. 7).
- Six different Corsairs logged multi-hit games coming by way of Pereira, McSweeney, Fletcher, Richards, Medeiros, Sheerin. The first baseman logged her 100th career hit in the sixth inning by singling to left field.
- In five shutout innings of work, Richards located 51 of her 74 pitches for strikes and stranded eight Owls on base.
Game Two: Corsairs 4, Owls 0
- Pereira went 3-for-4 at the dish to give her five knocks on the day overall.
- Major picked up a game-high pair of RBI's.
- None of Owl sophomore starter Alexis Blanchette's three runs were earned.
Both sides hope to make up a pair of previously postponed contests tomorrow, with Keene State battling against Rhode Island College at noon and 2 p.m. while Head Coach Amy Sasin's unit hosts Western Connecticut at 1 and 3 p.m.
(Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant)