Softball Splits A Pair With Bridgewater State

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.-- After three straight quiet games at the plate, UMass Boston (6-5) came alive in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with an 11-7 win to split a pair with Bridgewater State (12-4), after falling 10-1 in six innings against the Bears in the first game.

Freshmen catcher Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) and senior Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.) led the way for the Beacons with four hits apiece on the afternoon. Hemstock also drove in a career-high three RBIs in the second game to help the Beacons end a three-game slide.

In the first game, UMass Boston couldn't overcome their own mistakes, as the Beacons committed four errors that resulted in eight unearned runs. Senior pitcher Kara Willis (Burrillville, R.I) only allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk, but couldn't overcome the Bears huge sixth inning that resulted in seven runs, three of which were unearned. 

Polsonetti was the lone Beacon to record multiple hits in the contest, as she went 2-for-2 with the team's lone RBI.

Bridgewater State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth behind back-to-back extra base hits from the heart of their lineup.

UMass Boston responded with their lone run of the game in the top of the fifth. After Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) reached third base on a dropped fly ball, Polsonetti drove her in and nearly started a rally. The Beacons had runners on second and third with two outs, but Erica Vecchiet (Pequannock, Mass.) grounded out to the pitcher to end the run.

The Bears put the game away in the bottom of the sixth with seven runs on two doubles, a single, a walk and three Beacons errors.

Everything would quickly turn around for the Beacons in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Beacons tallied 10 hits, including six extra-base hits and knotched double-digit runs for only the second time all season. Hemstock had a career game going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and freshmen Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) and junior Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) each chipped in a double and two RBIs.

Nasta had a strong game out of the leadoff spot, with two doubles, three runs and a walk.

In the circle, freshmen Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) earned her third victory of the season by allowing four earned runs in seven innings. Zullo also struck out six Bears batters, doubling her total from her first five appearances.

The Beacons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Hemstock drove in Nasta with a single through the left side.

Bridgewater State answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to open up a 3-1 lead. UMass Boston countered with three unearned runs of their own on a Bears errors to grab a 4-3 edge in the top of the third, but the teams would continue to go back-and-forth.

After the Bears took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third, UMass Boston took the lead for good in the top of the fourth behind four doubles.

Nasta started the run with a double down the left field line and Polsonetti followed her with a single. Killilea then sprayed a double down the right field scoring both runners to give UMass Boston the lead for good. UMass Boston would stretch their advantage to 8-5 in the inning, after Perry and Hemstock followed Killilea with two more doubles.

The Beacons tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Toni Scola (Worcester, Mass.) led off with a walk and senior outfield Jaci Goodwin (Melrose, Mass.) followed with a triple to score Scola. Nasta knocked in Goodwin with a sacrifice fly and UMass Boston grabbed a 10-5 lead.

Both teams would tack on a single run in the sixth and Bridgewater State managed to add one more in the seventh, to bring the final margin to 11-7.