March 27, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team built an early lead in the opener and got a strong pitching performance in the nightcap to sweep a non-conference doubleheader from Curry, 9-7 and 4-2, in their 2010 home opener at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
Sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) gave the Corsairs a first-inning lead with a three-run homer. After freshman Marissa Strangie (Rowley, MA) hit a sacrifice fly to score a run for the Colonels in the second, the Corsairs scored in their half when Rounds hit into a fielder's choice. UMass Dartmouth scored five times in the third inning, twice on a double by freshman Taylor Ham (Hingham, MA/Hingham HS), twice more on freshman shortstop Breanna Marcyoniak's (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) single, and again on a double by junior Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS).
The Colonels came back in the fourth, scoring four times. Sophomore Laikyn Nadolny (East Bridgewater, MA) singled home two runs, and junior Janelle Mayor (Worcester, MA) drove in another with an infield out. Strangie homered in the fifth for another Curry run and Mayo knocked in another in the sixth with another infield out, but UMD freshman reliever Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) escaped further trouble and pitched a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the lead. Howarth got the win in relief of starter Alyssa Hosford (Sr. Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and improved to 1-1, while sophomore Jillian Nemcovich (Franklin, NH) took the loss for the Colonels and fell to 0-2.
Mayo doubled home two runs in the top of the third for Curry in the nightcap, but that was all the Colonels could muster against Hosford, who pitched a three-hitter and improved to 2-1. Rounds singled home a run and sophomore Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) doubled home two more to give the Corsairs the lead in the bottom of the third, and Conway's infield grounder brought home the fourth and final UMD run in the bottom of the fifth. Amanda Peters took the loss for Curry, falling to 0-5.
""We were aggressive at the plate, we had some good at bats, we went deep in the count ad we made things happen," said UMD Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "We got the hits when we needed them. Sam Howarth came in in relief in the first game, got out of a jam, and battled for the next few innings. Alyssa pitched well in the second game. It was nice to see our team put it together for 14 innings. We didn't get down when we got behind in the second game, and we made the plays defensively. It was nice to put it together for two games and come out on top."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-4 with the sweep, while Curry dropped to 4-6. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday. The Colonels will host Roger Williams Sunday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL