April 21, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team was swept by visiting Roger Williams in a non-conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Monday. Roger Williams won the first game 4-0, and took the second game, 12-2.
The first game was a duel between UMass Dartmouth's freshman starting pitcher Brittany Eldridge (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High) and Roger Williams freshman ace Jaclyn Doolin (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place HS). Both pitchers went the distance, with Doolin (13-6) turning in a dominant four hit, five strikeout, shutout performance. Eldridge (4-8) was strong for most of the game, keeping the score at 1-0 before surrendering three runs in the sixth. Overall, Eldridge held the Hawks to two earned runs and one walk while fanning four.
The Corsairs were robbed of their best scoring chance in the first game. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Corsairs put two runners on thanks to a leadoff single by senior shortstop Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS), followed by a walk to freshman first baseman Kaitlin Hogan (Tewksbury MA/Shawsheen HS). A Desiree Sousa (Swansea, MA/Case HS) sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, respectively. Following a strikeout, sophomore centerfielder Michelle Conway (Burrillville, RI/ Burrillville HS) pounded a line drive toward left field that looked to be the go-ahead single. She was robbed of the hit on a fantastic grab by Hawks shortstop Hannah Perez (Bolton, MA/Nashoba Regional HS), and the Corsairs did not threaten again.
The nightcap was played under the constant threat of rain, which began to fall in the late innings. The teams swapped single runs in the first inning before the Hawks pulled away thereafter. The Corsair run was manufactured; a leadoff walk to junior third baseman Emily Surprenant (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) turned into a run after a two sacrifice bunts, the latter by pitcher Ashley Puls (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) driving in the run.
Puls (2-6) pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on eleven hits. After her departure, Roger Williams scored five more times in the sixth inning, causing the game to be called due to the run rule. Eldridge moved back to the mound from first base to put the fire out, retiring all three batters she faced to finish the afternoon with eight innings pitched. Alexandra Sera picked up the win for Roger Williams in an abbreviated complete game to improve to 5-6 on the season.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-19 while Roger Williams improved to 20-14. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Hawks will host Salve Regina in a doubleheader Saturday.
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