CAPE CORAL, FL-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split their season opening doubleheader at the Gene Cusic Classic, defeating Smith, 11-3 in six innings, and then losing to the University of New England, 5-0, came at the Cape Coral Sports Complex Sunday.
The Corsairs packed most of their offense into the opener, getting 15 hits. Freshman outfielder Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) had three hits and a run batted in, freshman infielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) also had three hits and drove in a run, junior infielder Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) had a hit and drove in three runs, senior outfielder Elizabeth Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) had two hits and two RBIs, senior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) had two hits and an RBI, and freshman infielder Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/ Chariho HS) had two hits and drove in two runs.
Senior right-hander Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) started on the mound and allowed one hit and struck out six in three innings of work. Senior Ashley Felaccio (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Massasoit CC) finished, allowing three hits and one earned run and striking out three.
The Corsairs were limited to four hits in the nightcap-two by Hogan and one each by Felaccio and Kenyon. Williams started and allowed the first three runs in the Nor'Easters four-run second inning, Eldridge relieved and pitched 3 2/3 innings, and Fellaccio finished.
"Overall, we played well, considering it was our first day of play," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We showed a lot of heart to battle back in the second game, but we just couldn't get the hits when we needed them. We had tons of offense in the first game. In the second game, after we had a bad inning, we pulled together and settled down."
UMass Dartmouth is now 1-1, while Smith is 0-2 and UNE is 2-0.. The Corsairs will return to action when they play Worcester State and Olivet Monday.
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