March 13, 2012

Softball Slugs Past Hood For Third Straight Win

CLERMONT, Fla. - Behind eight runs in the first four innings and two home runs from Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.), the Beacons (3-0) stayed perfect against Hood College (3-1) Wednesday afternoon.

The contest took place two days after it was originally scheduled, when heavy rain Sunday postponed the game. It certainly did not affect the Beacons, as UMass Boston set new season-highs in hits (11), extra-base hits (four) and runs (nine).

Perry continued her hot start to her rookie campaign with four RBIs on her second and third home runs of the year. Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) was just as effective out of the leadoff spot, as the junior went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs and a double and a triple.

Senior pitcher Kara Willis (Burriville, R.I.) earned her second win of the season behind seven strong innings. Hood College managed just three runs, two earned, and 10 hits against Willis, who struck out four.

UMass Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first behind Perry's first two-run home run. The Beacons added three more in the third, when Perry connected again, driving in Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass.). The sophomore outfielder drove in two runs on the day and also scored for UMass Boston.

Hood College answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, but Killilea put the game out of reach with her two-RBI triple. Killilea would later score on a passed ball on a Bouyea strikeout to give the Beacons an 8-1 lead after four innings.

Softball returns to action Wednesday with a doubleheader. The Beacons play the University of Minnesota Morris at 1 p.m. and SUNY Fredonia at 7 p.m.