Combined No-Hitter Paces Twinbill Sweep at Mass Maritime

Senior Brittany Eldridge

BUZZARDS BAY, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team swept a doubleheader against host Massachusetts Maritime at Allison Rollins Field Friday. The Corsairs won, 13-2 and 12-0 in a pair of games that were ended after five innings because of the eight-run rule.

In the opener, freshman left fielder Samantha Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and sophomore shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural HS) each singled in a run in the first two innings, then Pontes walked with the bases loaded and Gregoire hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Junior third baseman Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) added a two-run single. Pontes and Gregoire had run-scoring hits in the fifth, freshman center fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) tripled home a run and freshman second baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) drove home another run with a sacrifice fly.

Senior right hander Ashley Felaccio (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Massasoit CC) allowed two hits, walked three and struck out seven in pitching the first three innings and getting the win to improve to 1-2. Freshman right hander Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) finished up. Janelle Beaulieu went all the way for the Bucs and took the loss, falling to 1-4.

In the nightcap, senior Brittany Eldridge (Sr. Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and Williams combined for a no-hitter, limiting the Bucs to six base runners on three walks, two hit batters and an error. Eldridge pitched four innings and improved her record to 2-3 before Williams finished up.

Senior designated hitter Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Corsairs took an early 2-0 lead before exploding for 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Pontes hit a three-run, inside the park home run in a three-run fourth inning, which also included an RBI double by winning pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Sr. Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and run-scoring singles by Kenyon and senior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS). Eldridge doubled home two more runs and Rounds had a run-scoring single in the fifth. Jennifer March took the loss and fell to 1-4.

"We came out strong and we were aggressive," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We showed our confidence at the plate, and it carried us right through. It was a good day to build confidence, and just a good overall effort, we got offense from everyone."

UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-9, while Mass Maritime fell to 2-8.  The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston for a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday.


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UMass Dartmouth 13, Mass. Maritime 2 (Mar 30, 2012 at Buzzards Bay, Mass.) (Game 1)


UMass Dartmouth..... 310 45 - 13 12  1      (2-9)

Mass. Maritime...... 110 00 -  2  5  3      (2-7)


Pitchers: UMass Dartmouth - Ashley Felaccio; Becky Williams(4) and . Mass. Maritime - Beaulieu

and .

Win-Ashley Felaccio(1-2)  Loss-Beaulieu(1-4)  T-1:15  A-50

Weather: 51 Sunny


UMass Dartmouth 12, Mass. Maritime 0 (Mar 30, 2012 at Buzzards Bay, Mass.) (Game 2)


UMass Dartmouth..... 011 73 - 12 12  1      (3-9)

Mass. Maritime...... 000 00 -  0  0  2      (2-8)


Pitchers: UMass Dartmouth - Brittany Eldridge; Becky Williams(5) and . Mass. Maritime - March

and .

Win-Brittany Eldridge(2-3)  Loss-March(1-4)  T-1:17  A-50

HR UMDSB - Emily Pontes (1).

Weather: 51 Sunny