April 21, 2013

Sue Killilea's Record-Setting Day Not Enough Against Plymouth State

BOSTON, Mass.—Despite another record-setting day from senior Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.), UMass Boston (11-23, 2-8 Little East) dropped both ends of their Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon to Plymouth State (22-13, 7-3 Little East) at D&M Park. 

UMass Boston dropped the first contest 11-10 in game number one, before falling 10-0 in five innings in the second contest.

Killilea moved past Andrea Ciarletta ('07) to earn sole possession of the UMass Boston mark for career doubles with the first of her three doubles in game one and now has 35 for her career. She also moved into a tie for first place all-time in the Beacons record books for career RBI-with two RBI in game one. The two RBI tied her for first with former teammate Maria Nasta ('12) with 87.

The senior's three doubles in game one tied another UMass Boston record, as Killilea matched Christina Polsonetti ('11) for the most doubles in a single contest. Polsonetti belted three doubles against Massachusetts Maritime Academy March 26, 2011. 

Game One: Plymouth State 11, UMass Boston 10

Game one marked the Beacons biggest comeback of the season, as UMB battled back from a 10-0 deficit, only to lose on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh.

Plymouth State built a 10-0 lead after three innings, only to have the Beacons tie the game up in the seventh. The Beacons struck for seven runs in the fourth, two more in the sixth and evened the score on a fielder's choice with one down in the seventh.

But just when it looked like the Beacons were on the verge of earning their first road LEC win of the year, Bekah Jackson singled, stole second second and came in to score on a Beacons error, all with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Jackie Digman provided a majority of the damage for the Panthers finishing 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run. The junior third baseman slugged a grand slam in the bottom of the first to put PSU ahead 5-0.

Killilea led the Beacons by going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Taryn Asta (Marshfield, Mass.), Kelsey Souza (Braintree, Mass.) and Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) all added two hits, while former Panther Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.) led the squad with three RBI.

After falling behind 10-0 through three innings, UMass Boston went to work in the fourth inning.

Killilea led off the inning with her record-setting 33rd career double, which also happened to be the Beacons' first hit of the day against Nora Galvin. UMass Boston made it 10-1 when Asta single to right field to score Killilea. 

With the bases loaded and one out, Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, N.J) came into score on a Panthers error. Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to make it 10-3 and Bove provided the big blow-a three-run, two out double to center field that plated Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Kelsey Svenson (Oxford, Conn.) and Capra. The Beacons capped off the scoring in the inning when Killilea blasted her second double of the inning that allowed Bove to come home from third.

UMass Boston added two more runs in the sixth inning behind two more doubles. With one out and none on, Svenson doubled and scampered home on a two-out double from Killilea. The Beacons senior captain cut the deficit to 10-9 when Asta singled to left field to chase the Panthers second pitcher of the day-Ali Keith.

The Beacons managed to tie the game in the seventh inning behind their sixth double of the day. Hemstock led off the inning with a double and was pinch run for freshman Haley Dutton (Milton, Mass.). Dutton moved over to third on a single from Souza and came into score on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Bouyea.

Game Two: Plymouth State 10, UMass Boston 0 (5 Innings) 

Plymouth State jumped out to a 10-0 lead again in game two, but the Beacons offense couldn't mount a comeback against Whitney Roberts. 

Roberts picked up her second victory of the day by throwing a complete-game shutout, in which she allowed just five hits. The sophomore struck out one and walked one, to move to 10-4 on the year.

Vecchiet led UMB with two hits in three trips to the plate, while Killilea, Asta and Souza all added one base hit. 

Plymouth State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, added a third run in the third and piled it on in the seventh with seven runs on seven hits.

UMass Boston will return to Boston for their longest home-stand of the year to wrap up the regular season. The Beacons will begin the six-game home-stand with a Little East Conference doubleheader Wednesday at 3:30 against the University of Southern Maine.