March 17, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, SC-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team split their doubleheader against Philadelphia Biblical and Albright on the final day of their spring trip at the Huckabee Sports Complex Wednesday.
The Corsairs won the opener against PBU, 9-7, and dropped the nightcap to Albright, 10-1 in five innings.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out ahead in the opener, scoring four times in the top of the first inning. Freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) drove in a pair of runs with a single, sophomore designated hitter Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) added an RBI double, and senior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) doubled home another run. Freshman shortstop Breanna Marcyoniak (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the third, and Eldridge's two-run double keyed a four-run rally in the seventh. Howarth singled home another run, and sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) knocked in another with a sacrifice fly. Freshman right fielder Taylor Ham (Hingham, MA/Hingham HS) had two singles and a sacrifice bunt, and Suprenant had three hits as UMD belted 13 hits against the Crimson Eagles, who scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning before their rally was cut short.
Senior Alyssa Hosford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) went four innings to earn the victory for the Corsairs, and Eldridge finished up, pitching the final three innings.
UMass Dartmouth was limited to two hits in the nightcap, singles by sophomore first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) and sophomore left fielder Elizabeth Mulready (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth HS). Sophomore Colleen Schmidt (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) drove in the only run with a fielder's choice. Hosford started and took the loss, and Eldridge relieved and pitched the final 3 2/3 innings.
"It was nice to end our trip with a split," said Assistant Coach Donna Poyant. "We saw a lot of good things down here. It was good to see Alyssa come through today and get her first win. It was a good trip, now we know what we have to build on." UMass Dartmouth is now 2-4, while Philadelphia Biblical is now 2-3 and Albright is 4-6. The doubleheader concluded the annual spring trip for the Corsairs, who will return home and host Curry a week from Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL