Corsairs, Rams Split Soiftball Doubleheader

Freshman Becky Williams

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team a non-conference doubleheader with visiting Framingham State at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday. The Corsairs won the first game, 9-1 in six innings, and the Rams took the second game, 4-3.

The Corsairs grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the opener, and led, 2-1, in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS) hit a two-run homer.

UMass Dartmouth out the game away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Senior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) singled home one run, senior catcher Diane Barry (Norwood, MA/Norwood HS) drove home another with an infield grounder, freshman right fielder Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) knocked in another with a double and scored on a passed ball, and freshman center fielder Olivia Kenyon (Canton, MA/Canton HS) singled home the  run that ended the game due to the eight-run rule.

Senior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) earned the victory, going all the way to improve to 3-3. Junior Yaya Faria (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxborough HS)also pitched a complete game and took the loss, falling to 1-5.

FSU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the nightcap, getting one of their runs on a single by senior first baseman Alyssa Shea (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS). The Corsairs tied it in the second on a bases-loaded walk to freshman second baseman Jenna Sylvia (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and run-scoring singles by Kenyon and Pontes. The Rams scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by senior pitcher Alysia Morrissette (Ware, MA/Ware HS).

"In the first game, Brittany did a great job and we had some great defense behind her," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "Emily Pontes and Olivia Kenyon made some great diving plays, and we got some hits when we needed them. In the second game, we just couldn't get the timely hit when we needed it. Becky Williams came in and was able to shut Framingham down, but we didn't get a timely hit, and it was a heartbreaking loss."

Senior Ashley Felaccio (Acushnet, MA/Fairhaven HS/Massasoit CC) started for the Corsairs. Williams, who relieved her in the second inning and went the rest of the way, took the loss and fell to 0-3. Morrissette earned the complete game win for the Rams and improved to 4-5.

UMass Dartmouth is now 5-11, while Framingham State is also 5-11. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Southern Maine in a doubleheader Saturday. Framingham State will host Newbury Thursday.

                                               

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