April 20, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Rhode Island College squeezed home a run in the opener and senior Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY/Beaver River Central HS) pitched a one-hitter in the nightcap as the Anchorwomen swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team, 1-0 and 11-0, at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
The first game was a pitching duel between UMD sophomore Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and RIC junior Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA/Case HS). RIC scored in the fifth when junior first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) squeezed home junior catcher Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT/Plainville HS), who led off the inning with a single. Berard earned the win and improved to 7-3, while Eldridge took the loss and dropped to 4-7.
Deveines held the Corsairs hitless for the first four innings of the nightcap. Freshman first baseman Samantha Howarth (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) singled with one out in the fifth, which was the final inning of the game due to the eight-run rule.
The Anchorwomen scored eight runs in their final two at bats to break the game open. Junior shortstop Danielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS), sophomore third baseman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry HS), and junior left fielder Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) each drove in two runs. Deveines improved her record to 8-0, while Eldridge started and took the loss and fell to 4-8.
"The first game was a great game, it was our best defensive game of the year," said UMass Dartmout6h Assistant Coach Donna Poyant. "We made some really good plays to keep the game close; we just couldn't get the hits when we needed them. They hit the ball well in the second game and took advantage of their opportunities. Brittney did a good job for us on the mound, and they had good pitching as well."
UMass Dartmouth is now 7-15 and 0-8 in the Little East Conference, while Rhode Island College is now 20-5 and 4-2. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Thursday. The Anchorwomen will visit Worcester State Wednesday.
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