DARTMOUTH, Mass. –The Castleton softball team opened its Little East Conference schedule by suffering a sweep to UMass-Dartmouth on the road on Sunday. The Corsairs took game one, 3-0, before coming back with a 4-2 triumph in game two.
Corsair pitcher Jill Richards tossed a one-hit shutout in game one and didn't allow a hitter to reach base until the seventh inning. Castleton (5-6, 0-2 LEC) fumbled a one-run lead as UMass-Dartmouth (9-7, 2-0 LEC) plated three unanswered tallies to take game two.
Castleton is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday with a pair of games on the road at Rensselaer. The Spartans are scheduled to open at home on Saturday, March 30. Any schedule changes will be announced at castletonsports.com.
UMass-Dartmouth 3, Castleton 0
Richards pitched a one-hit complete game shutout and went 1-for-3 at the dish to lead the Corsairs to victory in game one. She struck out six and did not allow a base-runner until the top of the seventh inning with two outs.
After a scoreless first inning, UMass-Dartmouth scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Kylie Fletcher reached on an infield error to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out infield single by Nicole McSweeney.
The Corsairs bumped the lead to three in the fifth and completed the scoring when Lauren Talbot singled in one and McSweeney came around to score on an outfield error. Talbot finished game one 3-for-5 with an RBI and Leah Major was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Miranda Fish broke up the perfect game with two outs in the top of the seventh inning with a walk. Then, Tori Swaine hit a single to left to break up the no-hitter. With the tying run at the plate, Richards induced an infield groundout one batter later to secure the victory.
Kylie Wright started and went the distance allowing all three runs, one earned, on eight hits. She did not record a strikeout nor surrender a walk.
UMass-Dartmouth 4, Castleton 2
UMass-Dartmouth plated the final three runs of the game with single tallies in the third, fourth, and fifth to earn the sweep.
The Corsairs went ahead in the first when Talbot walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Lindsay Chubbuck two-out hit.
Castleton scored both of its runs on the day in the top of the third inning to take a brief 2-1 lead. Makenna Thorne got the inning started with an infield single before successive base hits by Calli Van Gorden and Fish loaded the bases. Jamie Boyle worked a two-out walk to score one before Devin Millerick singled to score one.
Dartmouth answered with a single run in the third when Talbot walked to lead off the inning, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on an infield error. The Corsairs regained the lead in the fourth when McSweeney walked, stole second, and scored on Talbot's single to center field. In the bottom of the fifth, a pair of doubles by Fletcher and McSweeney added one more run of insurance.
Olivia Bowen started and took a no-decision. She pitched three innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits. Machaila Arjavich picked up the loss in relief after surrendering Dartmouth's third tally in the fourth inning.
Kate LaPan doubled with one away in the sixth but was erased on the next pitch when Van Gorden lined into a double play. The Spartans were then retired in order in the seventh. LaPan finished gamed two 2-for-3 while Millerick was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a sacrifice bunt.