DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth sophomore Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) picked up right where she left off from yesterday's career day at the plate by going 4-for-4 at the dish in game one as part of the Corsairs' non-conference doubleheader sweep of Worcester State at the UMD Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon. The hosts improved to 15-13 on the season and upped its winning streak to four straight, while the Lancers felt to 3-21 on the year.
How it Happened
Game One: Corsairs 8, Lancers 1
- UMass Dartmouth briefly fell behind early in the contest but eight-hole hitting sophomore Leah Major (Fairhaven, Mass.) put the squad ahead in the second with a two-run double to the gap that chased freshmen Autumn Medeiros (Swansea, Mass) and Lindsay Chubbuck (Berkley, Mass.) (2-1).
- Three more came home in the hosts' half of the fifth as junior Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Medeiros each put the ball in play with two strikes (5-1).
- An inning later, Fletcher carried over her hot hitting from 24 hours ago in Providence over to Dartmouth, launching her second homer in as many days – this one of the two-run variety with freshman Averi Soares (New Bedford, Mass.) on the pond (7-1). The Blue and Gold added another before the end of the penultimate frame via freshman Madison Reichert's (Floral Park, N.Y.) RBI double (8-1).
Game Two: Corairs 5, Lancers 3
- With runners on first and second for the Corsairs in the bottom of the first, each moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch. Fletcher then raced home on another ball in the dirt with Sheerin right on her heels, never breaking stride from second base as no Lancer was covering home (2-0).
- Two pairs of singles bookended a Monica Ferrazzani (North Reading, Mass.) comebacker to make it a brand new ballgame in the fifth (2-2).
- In the hosts' turn at the plate, they loaded the bases with one out following three straight hits by the trio of Major, sophomore Kaitlyn Hart (Norton, Mass.) and freshman MaKinna Van Horn (Marysville, Wash.). Freshman Marisa Minore (Branford, Conn.), who came into the game prior to the top of the fifth as a defensive replacement in centerfield, delivered the big hit by driving the 1-2 delivery back up the middle to plate a pair (4-2).
- Van Horn came around to score one hitter later on a Reichert's RBI groundout to widen the margin (5-2).
- Lancer sophomore Ally Tocman (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led off her team's last chance with a triple to the opposite field, promptly scoring on a wild pitch (5-3). The newly inserted Corsair pitcher Kate McDonald (Scituate, Mass.) kept her composure and stranded the tying run at the plate by retiring junior Ashley Lynch (Shrewsbury, Mass.) for the final out.
Inside the Numbers
- Fletcher went a perfect 4-4 in the box, driving in two and scoring twice. The three-hitter also added a pair of stolen bases to her line.
- Classmate Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) and Medeiros joined the left fielder with multi-hit performances of their own. In the circle, Richards registered a final line of five innings, two hits, one run, one walk, and three strikeouts to move her record to 6-7 on the season.
- The Corsairs logged five two-out RBI. It marked the fifth contest this season that the squad has posted eight or more runs.
- Freshman Anna Kerwood (Florence, Mass.) logged two perfect innings out of the bullpen, grounding out five of the six hitters she faced. The righty did so in 16 pitches, locating 13 for strikes.
- The top two hitters in the Lancer lineup collected an RBI apiece in the junior middle infield duo of Samantha Stake (Worcester, Mass.) and Lynch.
- Kerwood exited after six innings of work, yielding six hits, two runs, and two strikeouts.
- McDonald collected her first save of the season, helping the Blue and Gold to a 5-1 record at home.
The Corsairs have just under a week off before returning to action at home against Little East opponent Western Connecticut on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. The Lancers remain on the road for games three and four of an eight-game road trip, taking on the MASCAC rival Falcons of Fitchburg State University on Tuesday at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
(Recap, photo by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)