NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team split wins against the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs in a non-conference double-header on Sunday, hosted at Clark Softball Field. The Lyons came out on top in the first game 3-0, before falling 3-2 in game two.
Wheaton moves to 12-10 overall while UMass-Dartmouth advances to 13-11.
GAME ONE: WHEATON 3 - UMass-Dartmouth 0
Senior pitcher Danielle Cimino (6-3) picked up her sixth straight win, pitching all seven innings and striking out four, while only allowing one hit in game one of the double-header. Defense on both teams remained strong with a scoreless four innings heading into the fifth.
The Lyons finally broke through at the bottom of the fifth inning when senior Mary DeMoura crushed a two-run homer to to left field to bring in sophomore Chloe Woodward and gave Wheaton the 2-0 lead. This was DeMoura's second home run of the season and fourth overall in her career.
Sophomore Emily Schlapak started action for Wheaton in the sixth when she hit a hard ball to the shortstop for a single to get on base and would later be scored in off a double Cimino to tack on what would be the final run for the Lyons.
Wheaton's defense shut down the Corsairs with a 1-2-3 seventh inning to seal their seventh straight victory.
GAME TWO: UMass-Dartmouth 3, Wheaton 2
The Corsairs utilized a double in the first to score in two runs, quickly gaining the 2-0 lead. Wheaton worked to chip away at the score, tallying one run in the bottom of the second DeMoura singled and registered an RBI, bring in first-year Ali Petrelli but UMass-Dartmouth would answer back with what would end up being the game-winnign run in the top of the fourth with a home run.
Schlapak started Wheaton's drive in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field. That hit allowed senior Morgan Walsh to notch an RBI when she crushed a single on the right side to score in Schlapak putting the Lyons within one run to tie it.
The Corsairs would claim the 3-2 victory, shutting Wheaton's offense down the remaining two innings.
Pitcher Victoria Woodward (3-3) recorded the win for the Corsairs.
Wheaton jumps back into conference action on Tuesday when they host the Emerson College Lions for a double-header slated to start at 3 p.m. as the Lyons look to remain one of the top contenders in the NEWMAC.