PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team had its recently stagnant offense erupt to a 12-1 victory in game one, but the Corsairs dropped game two as a late-push from Rhode Island College provided the host a 10-7 decision to split the Little East Conference (LEC) doubleheader.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 12 Rhode Island College 1 (Game One) | Rhode Island College 10, UMass Dartmouth 7 (Game Two).
Records: Corsairs (20-8, 5-3 LEC), Anchormen (7-13, 1-7 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth 12, Rhode Island College 1
The Blue and Gold offense posted three multi-run innings to propel toward the 12-1 decision. Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) led the bats as she notched a three-hit game including a three-run homer in the top of the third. Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) added a three-knock performance of her own while Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) and Maddie O'Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) each picked up a pair.
In the circle, Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) dazzled in five complete, as she surrendered only a pair of hits and just one earned while fanning seven. Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) tossed her 18 relief appearance with two shutout innings and three strikeouts.
After Colton's three-run round tripper put the Corsairs up, RIC got its only run across as Kelsey Wood (North Dighton, Mass.) laced a triple to center field. UMass Dartmouth erupted for three runs in the fifth to increase its lead as Lexi Pereira (Middleboro, Mass.) scored a pair on her double to right.
With an 8-1 lead already in place, the Blue and Gold tacked on four more runs in the visitors-half of the seventh. With two down, O'Gryzek swatted an RBI triple before scoring on Colton's third hit of the game. By the end of the inning, the Corsairs had the comfortable 12-1 advantage. Evensen went to take care of business to secure the victory.
Rhode Island College 10, UMass Dartmouth 7
Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass.) each had multi-hit outings with a pair of RBIs while Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) added two RBIs of her own, but a late-rally from the Anchormen downed the Corsairs.
UMass Dartmouth took a 3-0 lead in its first plate appearances as Richards lifted a sacrifice fly before Fletcher drove in a pair of runs on her single through the hole in the right side of the infield. But, Wood remerged for Rhode Island College in the home-half as she closed the gap go one run with her two-RBI single.
After Major's run-scoring double gave the Blue and Gold a 4-2 margin, doubles from Woods and Cristin Chiaverini (Pawtucket, R.I.) in the bottom of the third leveled the score at four apiece. Major put her team ahead in the top of the fourth when her single to right field plated a run, but the extra-base hit theme continued for RIC in the bottom half with a double and triple both coming with two outs giving the host a 6-5 lead.
The teeter-totter continued in the top of the sixth as McSweeney belted a two-RBI double into left field, tying the score at seven. But the Anchormen had yet another response, this time in form of a three-run frame, as the team capitalized on defensive miscues in the bottom of the sixth to storm toward the 10-7 final.
Inside the Numbers
- Major notched her third career three-hit game and seventh of the multiple hit variety to break a six-game hitless streak.
- Colton's three-hit outing in game one was the first of the season while her second homer of the year set a new career-high.
- Since returning to action on April 14, McSweeney has now hit safely in four straight contests, including doubles in her last three.
- Fletcher extended her team-high hitting streak to seven games with the one-hit performance in each game.
- In the last ten games, UMass Dartmouth is 7-3 and have outscored its opponents 66-30 during that span.
The Corsairs are back in action tomorrow when they travel to WPI for a twin bill to start at 4 p.m.