DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Jill Richards (Kingston, Mass.) scattered four hits and helped her own cause by driving in three runs to lead UMass Dartmouth a 10-2 five inning nightcap victory over UMass Boston and a split of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the UMD Softball Complex. Junior Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) tossed a complete-game five-hitter in to give the visiting Beacons a 5-1 triumph in the opener.
The host Corsairs (11-11, 4-2 LEC) overcame a 1-0 first inning deficit in the second contest after sophomore Kylie Fletcher (Dighton, Mass.) evened matters on an RBI triple and scored on Richards’ run scoring groundout. UMass Dartmouth extended its edge to 5-1 in the second on RBI singles off the bats of senior Maddie O’Gryzek (Norfolk, Mass.) and freshmen Lindsay Chubbuck (Berkley, Mass.) & Averi Soares (New Bedford, Mass.), but UMass Boston (12-9, 3-3 LEC) got a run back on senior Roxanne Vento’s (Arlington, Mass.) run-scoring double in the top of the third to close back to within three.
Chubbuck’s second RBI single of the contest restored the Corsairs’ four-run cushion in the bottom of the third, and the hosts closed out the scoring with a four-run fifth inning outburst. Freshman Rachel Pereira (Dartmouth, Mass.) laced an RBI triple before scoring on an error to make it an 8-2 UMass Dartmouth lead, and Richards’ ensuing two-run triple accounted for the final margin.
Pereira, Fletcher, Chubbuck and O’Gryzek each had two hits as part of a 13-hit second game attack for the Corsairs, as Richards also recorded a pair of hits at the plate while fanning one inside the circle to pick up her fourth win of the spring. Vento, who added a first inning sacrifice fly, plated both nightcap runs for UMass Boston, which received two hits off the bat of junior Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.). Freshman Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work to fall to 3-4 on the season for the Beacons.
UMass Boston got all of the runs Greenspan would need in its first at-bat of the lid-lifter, as Vento’s fielder’s choice and a suicide squeeze by junior Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) gave the visitors a quick 2-0 edge. Sophomore Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) added an RBI triple and scored on senior Alyssa Tulley’s (Lowell, Mass.) groundout to cap the four-run first inning uprising for the Beacons, who tacked on another tally in the sixth on Vento’s groundout. Freshman Autumn Medeiros (Swansea, Mass.) broke up Greenspan’s shutout bid with her first career homer (a solo shot to left) to lead off the seventh for UMass Dartmouth, which received singles from Pereira, Soares, Fletcher and junior Cierra Sheerin (Bridgewater, Mass.).
Junior Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) rapped out four hits as part of an 11-hit attack in the opener for UMass Boston, which also received two hits from Bilotta. Greenspan fanned four to improve to 9-3 on the year for the Beacons, who saw their four game win streak snapped in the second contest. Richards went the distance inside the circle in the lid-lifter for the Corsairs, as she struck out three along the way.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Newport, R.I. on Thursday afternoon to take on Salve Regina in a non-league doubleheader beginning at 4:00 pm, while UMass Boston hosts Framingham State in a non-league twinbill on Thursday afternoon that begins at 3:00 pm.