March 31, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team fell to visiting Roger Williams, 4-0, in a rain-shortened non-conference game that was scheduled as a doubleheader Thursday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
The teams played through five innings in the first game, and the second game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The first inning proved to be all the Hawks needed to take down the Corsairs. Roger Williams opened the game with their first four batters reaching base. A sacrifice fly by freshman infielder Rachael Ehrlich (Southport, CT/Fairfield Ludlowe HS) plated the Hawks first run. With two outs, junior pitcher Jaclyn Doolin (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place HS) blasted a three-run home run, giving Roger Williams a 4-0 lead after the first inning. The Corsairs had runners in scoring position during the second and fourth inning but failed to bring them home. Junior first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) had the lone hits for UMD, going 2-for-2 with a single and a double. Doolin (5-4) pitched five scoreless innings for the Hawks, surrendering only two hits with five strikeouts. UMD junior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (3-4; Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) threw five innings, giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
"The weather wasn't in either teams favor today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "We buckled down after the first inning, but we just couldn't make the comeback on offense. We had our chances, we left runners on base each inning. We are working on building our confidence as a program, and that will come with success. We need to be aggressive, especially at the plate, and buckle down on defense as we move forward."
The Corsairs are now 3-8, while Roger Williams improved to 7-12. UMD will return to action when they host Keene State in a doubleheader Saturday. Roger Williams will host Regis in a doubleheader Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL