Softball Falls Twice at Keene State

April 19, 2008

KEENE, NH-Host Keene State held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team to seven hits and swept a Little East Conference doubleheader, 10-1 and 7-1, at the Owl Athletic Complex Saturday.

Junior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) staked the Corsairs to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opener when she singled to right field to drive in freshman designated hitter Kate Kelly (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), who led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. But Ashlee Nicholson limited UMass Dartmouth to two hits the rest of the way, walking none and striking out four in a game that was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule. Catcher Maureen Scata ignited the KSC attack with a three-run homer in the first inning, and designated hitter Katie Allenson and right fielder Julia May each drove in two runs for the Owls. Nicholson was the winning pitcher and improved to 8-3, while junior right-hander Amie Nickerson (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip HS) started and took the loss for the Corsairs and fell to 4-10.

In the nightcap, Keene State took advantage of a pair of UMass Dartmouth errors and got an RBI double from center fielder Jenna Patnode to take a 3-0 lead in their first two at-bats. Andruszkiewicz reached on an error in the sixth and scored on a single by freshman pitcher Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS). Catcher Stephanie Lavado drove in two runs for the Owls. Jessie Williams scattered three hits in seven innings and earned the victory, improving her record to 6-4, while sophomore Kathleen L'Abbe (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) started on the mound and took the loss for the Corsairs, falling to 0-1.

"They got good pitching, and we didn't hit the ball very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We're a little bit banged up now, but we're getting better."

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-19 and 1-7 in the Little East Conference with the losses, while Keene State improved to 17-7 and 4-4 with the victories. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston Sunday in another Little East Conference doubleheader.