Softball Splits Series with Rhode Island College

Softball Splits Series with Rhode Island College

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A complete-game one-hitter by junior Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) clinched a quick 2-0 shutout for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the opener, but Rhode Island College rebounded to shut out the hosts 3-0 in the nightcap in Little East Conference play on Thursday.

The Basics
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 2, Rhode Island College 0 | Rhode Island College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (18-16, 4-6 LEC) | Rhode Island College (8-18, 3-9 LEC)

How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 2, Rhode Island College 0
Smith retired the last 13 batters she faced, holding Rhode Island College to a solitary hit while receiving two early runs from her bats.

Offensively, the Corsairs were paced by Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.), who both tallied two hits. In the leadoff spot, McSweeney accounted for both UMass Dartmouth runs scored.

Freshman Hailey Levesque (Westport, Mass.) stepped in the circle for Rhode Island College, going six innings, allowing two runs on five base hits.

UMass Dartmouth struck in the bottom half of the first inning. After back-to-back singles from McSweeney and Trudeau, junior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) advanced the baserunners with a groundout to the second base. Senior Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) then put a ball in play and reached on a fielder's choice to send home McSweeney.

Smith continued to keep the RIC batters at bay, shutting down their lineup for the remainder of the game with just one base hit in the top of the third, when Kelsey Burgess (North Providence, RI) hit a flare to centerfield. The Corsairs would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the third as when Trudeau doubled to center to round McSweeney from second.

Rhode Island College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0
The Corsairs scattered nine hits and threatened late, but Rhode Island College pitcher Erica Fleming (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) managed to hold UMass Dartmouth scoreless in the complete game.

A two-run home run off the bat of Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, R.I.) in the sixth gave RIC enough cushion, with Burgess serving as the only multiple-hit performer for the Anchorwomen. McSweeney's hot bat continued in game two, as she laced three hits in four at-bats.

Freshman Victoria Woodward (Middleboro, Mass.) earned the start in the circle for the Corsairs, and held RIC to just one hit through the first four frames. UMass Dartmouth stacked the bases in the third with singles from McSweeney and Spinuzzi, but Fleming secured the final ground-out.

Rhode Island College then was able to solve Smith when she entered before the fifth, as Burgess sent a double to the fence in right center to plate Shaelyn DaSilveira (Seekonk, Mass.) from second.

Following Cristin Chiaverini's (Pawtucket, R.I.) double, Duvall launched her shot over the left field fence to put the game at its final 3-0 margin. In the home half of the frame, freshman Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) led off with a double and UMass Dartmouth loaded the bases, but Burgess snagged a hard-hit lineout to end the inning.

Inside the Numbers

  • With a 5-for-7 total performance on Thursday, McSweeney extends her hit streak to four games and has laced multiple hits in six of the Corsairs' last seven games, all LEC contests.
  • Game one marked Smith's second complete-game allowing one or less hits this season. She previously spun a no-hitter against Worcester State on March 30.
  • After the split, UMass Dartmouth still trails in the all-time series against Rhode Island College 29-42-1.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth heads to Keene State for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Rhode Island College wraps up the regular season with a trip up to Plymouth State on Saturday with first pitch slated for the same time.