NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team split a pair of Little East Conference games with Rhode Island College on Thursday afternoon, 1-0 and 7-2.
UMass Dartmouth moves to 10-18 overall and 6-6 in LEC play, while Rhode Island College advances to 12-22 and 6-6. The Corsairs and Anchorwomen remain tied for fourth place in the conference standings with two league games remaining in the season.
Rhode Island College 0 UMass Dartmouth 1
UMass Dartmouth logged the only run of the game when freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) ripped an RBI double down the left field line in the opening inning to knock home senior Bre Marcyionak (Westfield, Mass.).
Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) generated a strong performance in the circle for the Corsairs. Orton hurled her 15th complete game of the year, allowed six hits and fanned three batters to seize her eighth win.
In the fifth and sixth innings, the Anchorwomen had runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but were unable to push the tying run home.
Rhode Island College 7 UMass Dartmouth 2
Senior Stacy Pokora and sophomore Abigail Francis drove in all seven runs for Rhode Island College.
Pokora registered a pair of homeruns and four RBI in the Game 2 win. Pokora gave the Anchorwomen a 2-0 lead in the second when she smashed her first round-tripper of the contest over the left field fence. In the fourth, Pokora struck again and roped her sixth long ball of the season to left.
With a 4-0 lead in the sixth and runners on first and second, pinch hitter Abigail Francis smashed a three-run homer to left field to push the Rhode Island College advantage to seven runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, UMass Dartmouth scored two runs on RBI singles from freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass.) and sophomore Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.). With no outs and the bases loaded, a solid hit ball from senior Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, Mass.) was snared by the Rhode Island College second baseman and thrown to third for a double play, taking the momentum away from the Corsairs.
Freshman Lindsay Cabral surrendered two runs on eight hits in six innings of work to earn her fourth win of the season. Senior Maria Darling came on in relief to capture her second save of the year.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday, April 26, when the Corsairs travel to Keene State for a pair of conference games beginning at 1 p.m. Rhode Island College will travel to Plymouth State this Saturday for a conference double-header at 1 p.m.