April 18, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Senior right fielder Chelsie Eugley (Thomaston, ME/Georges Valley HS) doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and visiting Southern Maine held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 4-3, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday. The Huskies scored eight runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap and came from behind to take the nightcap, 16-6, and earn a sweep of the doubleheader.
Junior left fielder Sarah Cusack (Wells, ME/Wells HS) doubled home a run in the top of the first to put USM on top, but the Corsairs struck twice in the second to tie the score. Freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) singled home one run, and another scored on an error.
Each team scored in the sixth. Freshman third baseman Katie Davis (Woburn, MA/Woburn HS) singled home a run for the Huskies in the top of the sixth, and sophomore Liz Mulready (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) tied the score for the Corsairs with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Alexandra Perdomo (Portland, ME/Portland HS) earned the win for USM and improved to 1-10, while sophomore Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) took the loss and fell to 4-5.
In the nightcap, the Corsairs scored six times in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 5-0 Southern Maine lead. Mulready singled home one run, Eldridge doubled home three more, and sophomore catcher Hannah Rounds (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) put UMD on top with a pinch-hit single.
The Huskies came back with eight runs in the top of the sixth. Junior shortstop Heather Gilman (Fairfield, ME/Lawrence HS) capped the rally with a grand slam homer. Sophomore Hannah Mackintosh (Wilton, NH/Wilton-Lyndeborough HS) earned the win and improved to 2-2. Eldridge took the loss in relief and fell to 4-6.
"In the first game, we just weren't able to get the big hit when we needed it, and we just weren't able to find a way to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kelly Roy-Sale. "In the second game, we came back and went ahead, and then we just let the game get out of control. Brittney had 10 strikeouts in the first game, but we didn't get the hits." UMass Dartmouth is now 7-12 and 0-5 in the Little East Conference, while Southern Maine is now 7-21 and 3-4. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Rhode Island College Tuesday. The Huskies will host UMass Boston Tuesday.
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