Corsairs Collapse Golden Knights; Edged By Nor’easters

FORT MYERS, Fla.— Sophomore right fielder Rachel Carey (Holbrook, Mass./Cardinal Spellman)sparked the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team to its first win of the season, defeating Clarkson University, 7-2, this morning at the Lee County Sports Complex.  Carey went 2-for-3 with a run batted in to pace the eight-hit attack.

In Game 2, UMass Dartmouth had the tying run in scoring position, but was unable to get the clutch hit as the Corsairs were edged by the University of New England, 5-4. 

Carey and freshman centerfielder Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) each registered a pair of hits against the Golden Knights.  Sophomore catcher Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) reached safely in three of her four appearances with a double and two walks, while also knocking in two runs. 

In the pitching circle, freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) limited Clarkson (0-7) to two runs, four hits, and four walks, while striking out a season-high eight batters to earn her first collegiate victory.  Sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) retired the side in order in the seventh.

After both clubs exchanged runs in the first frame, UMass Dartmouth took a lead it would never relinquish in the second inning.  The Corsairs were able to capitalize on a fielding miscue and a pass ball before Carey delivered a RBI single.  The "visitors" placed runners on second and third but were unable to do any more damage.

UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure in the third inning to push across a pair of runs.  After reaching on a fielder's choice, senior shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, Mass./Essex Agricultural and Technical) stole second base and scored on an errant throw.  Senior second baseman Bre Marcyoniak (Westfield, Mass.) drove in freshman first baseman Alea Martinelli (Everett, Mass.) from first with a RBI single.

The Corsairs put the game out of reach in the fourth, capitalizing on two Golden Knights defensive miscues that led to three runs.  Kirby provided the visitors with all the insurance they would need with a two-run single to balloon the lead to 7-1.

In the nightcap, Marcyoniak was the offensive catalyst for UMass Dartmouth with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate and two RBI.  Pontes and Spinuzzi also recorded multiple base knocks as the Corsairs held a 9-7 advantage in the base hit column. 

The Nor'easters snapped a 3-all tie in the bottom of the third inning, when Abby Lambert helped her own cause with a two-run single.

UMass Dartmouth utilized some two-out magic to account for its final run of the contest in the sixth inning.  Pontes started the rally with a single before swiping second base.  UNE walked Martinelli and Marcyoniak produced a RBI single to trim the deficit to 5-4.

In their final at-bat, Spinuzzi registered a two-out double to put the tying run in scoring position. Freshman catcher Chelsea Correia (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) ripped a long fly ball into left field, but it was caught on the edge of the warning track.

Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case) allowed three earned runs, six hits, five walks, while fanning two batters in the loss.  Lambert tossed a complete game for University of New England, scattering four runs on nine hits.

UMass Dartmouth will complete its 2014 Spring Break trip tomorrow morning, when the Corsairs face Alfred State (9AM) and Knox College (11AM).