March 13, 2012

Softball Earns Season Opening Sweep in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. – With a combined 14 hits over the course of two games, softball (2-0) managed to pull out their first sweep of the 2012 season as they defeated Grace College (Ind.) by the final of 4-3 and Ripon College (Wis.) by the final of 8-6 on a very long Monday afternoon for the Beacons.

The Beacons, who were scheduled to open up their new season yesterday afternoon but were postponed due to rain, took full advantage of the extra day or rest and preparation.  In the opener they managed to score a run in four of the first five innings and held off a late rally by Grace to secure their first win of the new season.

Freshman catcher Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) led UMass Boston at the plate as she went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) was the only other Beacon to finish with multiple hits in one of the two games played on Monday.  In the opener the senior went 2-for-3 at the plate. 

In the circle Kara Willis (Burrillville, R.I.) went all seven innings to earn her first decision in the win over Grace.  Willis retired a combined six batters in the one-run victory.  The game-two victory belonged to Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.), the first of her college career.

After that the Beacons returned to the diamond for a very late nightcap which featured first-time opponent Ripon.  Looking to build off of the game-one victory UMass came out swinging scoring all eight runs in the first three innings.

Perry crushed her first collegiate home run over the left field fence to give the Beacons a 3-1 lead after the second.  They would then score five runs in the third to make it a seven-run ball game.  However, Ripon did not go down without a fight as they scored five runs of their own in the fourth to make it just a two-run game.  Luckily UMass put a stop that late run with a strong defensive showing allowing them to pullout the victory.

Softball returns to action tomorrow when they face Hood College at 12:30 p.m. The game was scheduled following Sunday's cancellations.