April 6, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) slammed a two-run homer to left center field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team a 4-3 victory over visiting Framingham State in the first game of their non-conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday. The Rams won thr nightcap, 7-3.
Rounds hit a pitch from junior Andrea DiTerlizzi (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) over the fence to drive in junior center fielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) ahead of her and erase a 3-2 Framingham State lead.
The Rams took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, scoring two unearned runs on an error by Corsair pitcher Brittanyb Eldridge (So. Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS). UMass Dartmouth tied it in their half of the fifth on Rounds' two-run single. DiTerlizzi doubled home the go-ahead run for the Rams in the seventh, setting the stage for Rounds' clutch hit. Eldridge went all the way for the win, improving to 2-2, while DiTerlizzi took the loss and fell to 4-4.
Freshman right fielder Kendra Fisher (Abington, MA/Abington HS) and sophomore shortstop Christy Ulak (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) drove in runs with first-inning hits in the second game, as FSC scored five runs and took an early lead. Rounds, senior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) had run-scoring hits for UMD in the first as they cut the lead to 5-3, but DiTerlizzi held them scoreless the rest of the way. Fisher doubled in a run for the Rams in the second, and DiTerlizzi homered in the fourth. DiTerlizzi earned the win and improved to 5-4. Corsair senior starter Alyssa Hosford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) took the loss and dropped to 2-4.
"It was great to win the first game the way we did," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "It was nice to come back. In the second game, we shoukd have been out of the first inning with two runs, but we made some mistakes and they took advantage of them. We hit the ball hard, but not in the right spots. Some of our hardest shots went right at them. We made some nice plays, but we didn't make some plays we should be making."
UMass Dartmouth is now 5-9, while Framingham State is now 6-10.. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday. The Rams will visit Wellesley Wednesday. .
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