Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

UMD Picks Up Two Over Southern Maine

USM seniors Samantha Crosman, Danni Humphrey, Allison Pillar, Mary Caron and Shelby Obert conclude their careers
USM seniors Samantha Crosman, Danni Humphrey, Allison Pillar, Mary Caron and Shelby Obert conclude their careers
            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.  -  UMass Dartmouth got a pair of walk-off hits from junior Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) and freshman Maxine Vincent (Hanson, Mass.) to earn a sweep over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon.  UMD defeated USM 3-2 in game one and 4-2 in nine innings.

            With the win, the Corsairs earned a spot in the Little East Conference tournament and improved to 21-17 overall and 7-7 in the LEC.  Southern Maine stands at 15-16 overall and 7-7 in the conference.  The Huskies are eliminated from the LEC tourney following the tie-breaking procedures.

GAME ONE: UMass Dartmouth 3, Southern Maine

            Ahead 2-0 through five and a half innings, Southern Maine found itself in a 2-2 game after the bottom of the sixth.  USM took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single to left field from junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble), the Huskies doubled their lead in the top of the sixth on another RBI single, this time from senior Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

            Behind by two runs, UMD rallied in the bottom half of the inning with a pair of runs to tie the score.  Marissa Spinuzzi had an RBI ground out, before the Corsairs plated their tying run on a throwing error. 

            USM sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) led off the top of the seventh with a single for her third hit of the came, but the Huskies could not get her around to score before the inning expired, sending the game to the bottom of the seventh.  USM recorded the first two outs of the inning on a strike out and a foul out before the Corsairs rallied for the game-winner. Annika Evensen singled to right, and moved to second on a USM fielding error.  After a walk issued to Maxine Vincent loaded the bases, Colton singled to center to drive in Vachon for the unearned game-winner.


GAME TWO: UMass Dartmouth 4, Southern Maine 3

             UMD scored the final four runs of the game from the sixth inning on to rally from a 3-0 deficit and earn a 4-3 nine-inning win over Southern Maine.  The Corsairs collected back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth to earn the walk off.  After a lead off walk, Nicole McSweeney singled to left to move the runner into scoring position, before Vincent earned the game-winner with a single to right field for the 4-3 final.

            USM led 2-0 after two innings on an UMD fielding error that allowed USM senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) to score after leading off the game with a single.  In the top of the second, junior Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) had an RBI fielder's choice ground out to score classmate Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble).  Kelly led off the inning with a single to right.  USM went up 3-0 in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly RBI from freshman Tabatha Hirsch (Coral Springs, Fla.). 

            UMD rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of USM errors to score two unearned runs.  McSweeney had a single to lead off the inning, while Cierra Sheerin had an RBI sacrifice fly.  In the top of the seventh, Cross had a two-out double to left field, but was left stranded to send the game to the bottom of the seventh.  UMD tied the game up on a McSweeney single up the middle forcing extra innings.


The games conclude the careers of USM seniors Mary Caron, Danni Humphrey, Allison Pillar (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), Samantha Crosman and Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan)