Four members of the UMass Dartmouth softball team have earned spots on the 2019 Little East all-conference team after helping lead the Corsairs to their first-ever league regular season title this spring.
Sophomores Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake) were tabbed to the Little East first team all-conference squad, as Fletcher paced UMass Dartmouth at the plate with a .336 batting average that included a team-best 42 hits, seven doubles, five triples, three homers, 21 RBI and 16 stolen bases from her starting left field position. A second team all-Little East selection as a freshman in 2018, Kylie was named as the league’s Player of the Week on April 8th after rapping out six extra base hits and driving in nine runs in a 5-3 week for her squad.
Richards paced the Corsairs inside the circle with nine overall victories this spring, including a 7-3 mark in conference play with a 2.15 earned run average. Jill fanned 69 over 141 innings of work on the year, as she also earned a saves and tossed eight complete-games along the way. Richards helped her own cause at the plate with a .309 batting average that included six doubles, two triples, a homer and 20 RBI, as she ranked behind only Fletcher in the latter category.
Junior outfielder Nicole McSweeney (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) earned Little East all-conference accolades for a third straight season, as she was named as a second team outfielder. McSweeney, a first team honoree as a freshman, batted .364 with 16 hits and seven stolen bases in 44 at-bats, as she rapped out a double and drove in three runs along the way. Freshman third baseman Autumn Medeiros (Swansea, Mass./Case) rounded out the Corsair all-conference quartet by joining McSweeney on the second team, as she collected 17 hits that included a homer and four doubles while adding seven RBI and 10 stolen bases during her inaugural collegiate campaign.
UMass Dartmouth finished the season at 23-18 overall under ninth year Head Coach Amy Sasin, including a school-record 12 wins in Little East action. The Corsairs, who have won 20 or more games in each of the last four campaigns, hosted the conference championships for the first time in program history last weekend.