NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team dropped both games of their Little East Conference doubleheader against visiting Rhode Island College at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday. RIC won the opener, 6-0, and took the nightcap, 6-2.
RIC took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap on a two-run single by junior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI/Burrillville HS) and went up 3-0 on an RBI single by freshman third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT/Woodstock HS) in the third.
The Corsairs cut into the lead in the fourth. Freshman second baseman Sam Gregoire (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) led off with a double to right center and scored on a single by senior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS). Hogan came around to score when senior designated hitter Tracie Calvert (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
RIC got a run in the fifth when Borden tripled and scored on a wild pitch, and added another in the seventh when Thoma was hit by a pitch with the bases full. Junior right-hander Emily Johnson (West Kingston, RI/South Kingstown HS) earned the victory for RIC and improved to 8-6, while senior Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) took the loss for UMD, falling to 6-11.
In the opener, junior right-hander Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) pitched a five-hit shutout for the Anchorwomen. Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT/Wilton HS) put RIC ahead with a two-run homer to center field in the top of the third inning. RIC added four more runs the fourth inning, two on a single by junior second baseman Marisa Jandreau and two more on an error. Borden improved her record to 9-6 with the victory. Freshman right-hander Becky Williams (Hope Valley, RI/Chariho HS) started and took the loss for UMass Dartmouth, falling to 1-5.
"We couldn't get the key hit when we needed it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We left too many runners on base. We had the bases loaded and less than two out a couple of times, but we couldn't get a run in. We didn't take advantage of our chances."
UMass Dartmouth is now 9-25 and 3-9 in the Little East Conference, while Rhode Island College is 17-12 and 8-2 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Curry Wednesday. RIC will host Tufts Thursday.
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