Warriors Ride Strong Pitching Past Corsairs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University spun a pair of shutouts to sweep the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon, defeating the Corsairs 8-0 and 11-0 in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader.

The Warriors captured their 12th consecutive contest to raise their overall record to 19-9, while moving into sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 7-1 mark.  The Corsairs (8-16) are currently tied with Rhode Island College for fourth place in the Little East with a 4-4 record.

Eastern Connecticut 8, UMass Dartmouth 0

In Game 1, Eastern Connecticut junior Erin Miller (Waterford, Conn.) hurled a complete-game shutout, limiting the hosts to just three hits and one walk, while striking out four.  Miller retired 14 of the final 15 batters she faced to improve to 7-3 on the season. 

The Warriors manged only seven hits, but were able to capitalize on 11 walks and six UMass Dartmouth defensive miscues.  The visitors took advantage of four Corsair errors in the top of the third inning to push across five runs to break open a one-run contest.  Junior Shannon Martin (Wethersfield, Conn.) provided the only RBI single of the frame.

Eastern Connecticut 11, UMass Dartmouth 0 -- 6 innings

Eastern Connecticut snapped a scoreless game with a five-run outburst in the fourth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.  The Warriors used three hits and two walks, while capitalizing on a pair of UMass Dartmouth errors. 

The Warriors provided freshman Samantha Valentine (Ridge, N.Y.) with more than enough run support as the rookie right-hander allowed just two hits and two walks, while fanning three.  Valentine also finished in strong fashion, setting the side down in order between the fourth and fifth innings.  Freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) broke up a string of 10 consecutive batters with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth.

Sophore Rachel Carey (Holbrook, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) registered a lead-off double in the fourth to account for the hosts only other base knock. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, when the Corsairs travel to Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University (24-6-1, 6-2 LEC).