FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was plagued by four errors, while Framingham State built a 6-0 lead to wrap up an 8-1 final score in a single game with the Corsairs at Maple Street Field.
Score: Framingham State 8, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Framingham State (7-5) | UMass Dartmouth (9-6)
How it Happened
Freshman Maxine Vincent (Hanson, Mass.) was responsible for UMass Dartmouth's lone score, belting her first career home run, and classmate Brittany Polk (Bridgewater, Mass.) laced a 2-for-3 day. The Corsairs split time between three pitchers in the circle, with junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) taking the loss despite no earned runs and three strikeouts over 5.1 innings, scattering just five hits.
Framingham State received a 3-for-3 performance from Marissa Flynn (Marlboro, Mass.), including a pair of doubles for 3 RBI. Dayna Marchant (East Bridgewater, Mass.) posted a 2-for-4 outing including a triple, and sophomore Kelsi Gunarathne (East Providence, R.I.) pitched the full six frames, permitting five hits while fanning four.
The Rams were able to connect off Smith from the get-go, but couldn't plate a run until the second when an error with the bags loaded rounded Flynn. Smith was able to emerge from the frame with a swinging strikeout, one of her three on the inning, to minimize the damage.
Smith reached third in the Corsairs' next at-bat following a single, but couldn't extend to home, and Framingham State tacked on two more in the bottom of the third. Over the next two innings, the Rams upped the score to 6-0 while the Corsairs were unable advance Polk from third to start the fifth.
Vincent finally broke through for UMass Dartmouth in the top of the sixth, sending the ball over the left-field fence in her first at-bat on the game, but the Rams pushed out even further with a two-RBI Flynn double in the bottom of the inning.
Inside the Numbers
- Framingham State connected for the most runs (8) and RBI (7) allowed by UMass Dartmouth through 17 games so far this season on a .244 average, the highest for a Corsair opponent thus far.
- Smith remains second in the Little East Conference with a 1.34 ERA, and moves into second in strikeouts with 36, just one behind UMass Boston's Jess Greenspan.
- Framingham State has claimed six of the last seven meetings with the Corsairs, with UMass Dartmouth claiming a 6-5 win in the second game of last season's doubleheader.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Wheaton (Mass.) for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. next Tuesday afternoon.