KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Sophomore Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) allowed one hit and fanned three over five innings of work as UMass Dartmouth began its 2019 season with a 2-1 victory over William Paterson in opening round play of The Spring Games Saturday afternoon at Fortune Field. The Corsairs dropped a 4-0 decision to Muhlenberg in the nightcap of the non-league twinbill.
After surrendering a run in the bottom of the first in the lid-lifter, Richards evened matters in the top of the second for UMass Dartmouth (1-1) with an RBI triple that plated junior Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) before scoring the winning run on an error. Junior Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) sealed Richards’ triumph by tossing two scoreless frames and striking out a pair to earn the save for the Corsairs, who received a pair of hits off the bat of freshman Averi Soares (New Bedford, Mass.).
UMass Dartmouth was held without a hit by Muhlenberg freshman Cora Bridgers (Hamilton, N.J.) until the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap, as Sheerin collected a leadoff single to account for the lone safety of the second contest. The Mules (10-2) scored three times in their first at-bat and added a lone tally in the second frame to account for the final margin, as Bridgers went the distance and fanned 12. Freshman Anna Kerwood (Florence, Mass.) allowed a pair of earned runs in suffering the setback inside the circle for the Corsairs in her collegiate debut.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Sunday afternoon at The Spring Games with a pair of contests against Susquehanna and Westminster beginning at 4:15 pm.