Salem State Hands Softball Pair Of Losses

Salem, MA—The Vikings of Salem State University took two from the Beacons of UMass Boston Thursday night in a double header at Alumni Field. Salem State jumps to 16-19-1 with the two wins while the Beacons slip to 12-21. 

Francesca Perreault picked up her sixth win (6-5) of the season, throwing a complete game in game one as the Vikings defeated the Beacons 3-2. Kristin McKenzie drove in two while going 3-for-4 in the night game as Salem State cruised to a 7-1 victory.

Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) led the Beacons with four hits in six at-bats and a run batted in. While Jillian Shepherd (Norwood, Mass.) recorded her first career hit and added a run.

Game One: Salem State 3, UMass Boston 2

Salem State led for all but one inning in a 3-2 victory that snapped the Beacons' two-game winning streak.

Jess Raymond drove in the games' first run for Salem State with a triple in the bottom of the first, that brought Jenn Toussaint across the plate.

The Beacons wasted no time in answering Salem State's run as Shepherd tripled, allowing Toni Scola (Worcester, Mass.) to plate her with a groundball to the opposite side of the infield to start the second. Shepherd's triple marked the first hit of her career in 11 career at-bats.

In the third, Rebecca Krigman put the Vikings atop 2-1 with a single that drove in Michelle Flower who singled at the beginning of the inning. Salem State added to their lead in the sixth inning, when Perrault helped herself out with an RBI double that scored Megan Haley.

However, the Beacons cut the deficit to one in the seventh inning after Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) scored on a Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) two-out single. Despite the Beacons late efforts, Perrault closed out the Beacons in the final inning to secure the 3-2 win in game one.

Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) went six innings for UMass as she allowed three runs on 10 hits in her loss. Perrault finished allowing only two runs on four hits including four strikeouts.

Game Two: Salem State 7, UMass Boston 1

McKenzie got the start behind the plate in game two, as she called the game for Lauren DeCredico. It was a McKenzie single that gave Salem State an early 2-0 lead in the first after she knocked in Cara Crowley and Krigman. Flower tacked onto the Vikings' lead with an RBI double that brought in Jerika Santiago in the bottom of the second to make it 3-0.

The in the fourth, the Beacons got one back after Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.) doubled, scoring Scola to put the score at 3-1.

Crowley added to the Vikings' hit parade with another RBI double that scored DiCredico, putting Salem State ahead 4-1 after the fourth.  

DiCredico retired the side in the top of the fifth as the Vikings batters went on to add more padding to their lead, busting open three runs on three hits.

During that stretch, Santiago drove in one run on a single while DiCredico plated one with a triple and then pushed Salem States' lead to 7-1 after coming home on a wild pitch. DiCredico wrapped up the game as she allowed only two more hits during the rest of the way, going on to earn her sixth win (6-8).

Shepherd drew the loss as she went 6.0 innings and allowed seven runs off nine hits. Raczkowski went 2-for-3 for UMass but it was not enough as the Beacons ended up getting swept on the day.

DiCredico also finished going 2-for-3 and drove in two runs as well as picking up the win on the mound.

The Beacons travel to Western Connecticut State Friday to take on the Colonials in a Little East Conference doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. 

Information in this release provided by Salem State University Sports Information Department