April 17, 2011
MILTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team and host Curry split their non-conference doubleheader Sunday at The D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex. The Corsairs won the opener in eight innings, 8-7, and the Colonels took the nightcap, 5-2.
Junior first baseman Katie Hogan (Tewksbury, MA/Shawsheen HS) drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning of the opener. She doubled home freshman shortstop Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA/Essex Agricultural Tech HS), who began the eighth inning at second base because of the international tie-breaker, which went into effect in the eighth inning. Junior third baseman Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) homered for UMass Dartmouth and drove in another run with an infield out, Hogan had three hits and three RBIs, and junior pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) had three hits and went all the way for the victory, improving her record to 7-9. There were nine errors in the opener, and only three runs-all by the Corsairs-were earned.
Senior outfielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/Burrillville HS) led off the second game with a solo home run, and Eldridge drove in Pontes, who had tripled, to allow UMass Dartmouth to take a 2-0 lead. But the Colonels tied the score in their half of the first inning, scored twice more in the second, and went on to win. Eldridge was the loser in the nightcap, falling to 7-10. Janelle Mayo took the loss in relief for Curry in the opener and pitched a complete game in the nightcap to earn the win and is now 6-8.
"Overall, it was a terrific effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "The offense picked up the defense, and the defense picked up the offense. We hit the ball hard in the second game, but we hit it right at people. We didn't have any luck after that first inning. We also had some errors that hurt us."
UMass Dartmouth is now 7-14, while Curry is now 16-19. The Corsairs will return to action Tuesday afternoon when they host Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference doubleheader. The Colonels will host Gordon Tuesday.
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