Elena Sorrentino Editor-in-Chief
Saturday, March 30, the Eastern Warrior’s softball team met UMASS Dartmouth at home for a doubleheader. In the first game, Eastern started off strong, putting themselves up two runs. Alexis Tyrell had a single that brought in Sabrina LeMere and Kat Devolve. Unfortunately, the rest of the game went downhill from there, with Dartmouth scoring continually throughout the rest of the game, while Eastern remained static. The turnaround began in the fifth with freshman third-basemen Lauren Talbot’s single into left field, bringing home sophomore Jill Richards.
Then, the runs kept coming in the sixth, UMASS adding four more runs to their total. Lindsay Chubbuck sent a single to center field, advancing two players, while Rachel Pereira came into home. This run continued when Jill Richards was walked to first, allowing freshman Avery Soares to advance to home. The final score was determined with another single from Talbot, bringing in two more runs for UMASS. This game ended 2-5, Dartmouth.
The second game began half an hour later and served as redemption for Eastern’s initial loss. The team started off strong with four runs in the first. Freshman Julia Sangiovanni, hit a single to center field, allowing sophomore Alexis Tyrell to score the first run of the game. Freshman Brooke Matyasovsky followed this up with a sacrifice bunt that brought junior Sarah Pisanelli, whom Sangiovanni had previously advanced to third, into home. Pisanelli continued onto home on a left fielder hit by senior Jackie Lewis, bringing the score to 3-0 in the first. The first closed with an unearned run, UMASS shortstop sophomore Leah Major missed the play, allowing sophomore Kat Devolve to come home on a hit by freshman Angela Rodriguez. Rodriguez continued the gains in the third with a double that brought Lewis in, promoting the score to 0-5.
UMASS attempted a comeback in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs off of a grounder and a walk. However, in return, Eastern ended the count in the bottom of the same inning. Junior Sabrina LeMere ran home on a single from Tyrell, and Pisanelli finished off the game with a solo home run. The second game ended 7-2, Eastern winning essentially uncontested.
Overall, the games were played between two relatively close teams. Eastern kept it close in the first, and pulled ahead to win the second.