Beacons Bounce Back With Sweep of UMass Dartmouth

Beacons Bounce Back With Sweep of UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Freshman Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) limited rival UMass Dartmouth to just one earned run in 13 innings, to help softball bounce back, and earn a crucial sweep of UMass Dartmouth at the UMD Softball Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 3

UMass Boston 6, UMass Dartmouth 0

(UMass Boston 16-7, Little East 3-3)

(UMass Darmtouth 16-14, Little East 2-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After suffering through their first three-game losing streak of the season, UMass Boston outscored the Corsairs 11-3 and limited UMass Dartmouth to just two scoring innings on the day. 

Greenspan held the Corsairs to 14 hits and three runs, one earned, while throwing 13 of the 14 innings on the day.

Freshmen Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) and Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) provided more than enough support behind Greenspan. Bilotta finished 3-for-6 with four runs scored and an RBI, while Prusmack tacked on four hits, a run and an RBI.

GAME ONE

UMass Boston jumped out to a 5-0 lead after five innings and hung on for a nail-biting finish in game one.

Senior Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) paced the offense with three hits, one run scored and one RBI. Fellow senior Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) tacked on two hits, a run and an RBI, while Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) chipped in with an RBI and a run scored of her own. 

Greenspan kept the Corsairs off the scoreboard into the sixth and finished the game allowing 11 hits, three runs and one earned run. She also struck out seven batters, while walking zero.

Annika Evensen posted two of the three RBI for the hosts, while Marissa Spinuzzi (3-4), Emily Colton (2-4, 1 RBI) and Hannah Smith (2-3) each had multiple hits.

Smith took the loss, after allowing nine hits, five runs, two earned, in four innings. Evensen moved over from the designated player spot and gave up just one hit in three innings. 

After leaving the bases loaded in the second, UMass Boston scratched across a run in the third. Bilotta led off with a single and came in to score on Raczkowski's single when the center fielder threw the ball away. 

The Beacons doubled their lead in the second. With Morse on second after a single, she raced home on Prusmack's RBI single through the left-side. 

In the fifth inning, UMass Boston recorded three runs on two hits and two Corsairs errors. With two on and no outs, Tulley doubled to the wall in left center to score pinch runner Kayla Harris (Cumberland, Maine). After a pitching change and the first out of the inning, Raczkowski scored from third on an error. Mitsiaris pushed the lead to 5-0 with a sacrifice fly that plated Tulley.

The Corsairs got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth. The Corsairs loaded the bases with three-straight hits, before Greenspan induced a fielder's choice-in which the Beacons got the lead runner. With two down and the bases still loaded, UMass Dartmouth scored two runs on an error by the Beacons' shortstop.

UMass Dartmouth tried to come all the way back in the seventh. With a runner on second and two down, Colton singled to right field to score Hannah Sullivan. Spinuzzi followed with a single and both runners moved up a base on a throwing error. With the tying run on second and two down, Greenspan got her second strikeout of the inning, to lock down the win.

GAME TWO

Greenspan and Annie Thomas (Lunenburg, Mass.) combined for a three-hit shutout in game two to secure the Beacons' first LEC sweep of the year. 

Greenspan went the first six innings and allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Thomas, who was pitching for the first time since March 16, came on for a 1-2-3 seventh and recorded a strikeout.

At the plate, Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.), Bilotta and Prusmack paced the Beacons. Vento went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Bilotta ended the game 2-for-3 with three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Prusmack finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored. 

UMass Dartmouth used three separate pitchers, with starter Victoria Woodward giving up four runs, three earned, in 1.1 innings pitched. 

The Beacons needed just four batters to take the lead in the first. Bilotta led off the game with a double, moved to third on a Vento single, and scored on a wild pitch.

UMass Boston blew the game wide open in the second. Morse led off with a single and scored from second on a Mitsiaris RBI single. After a Prusmack single put runner on the corners, Bilotta drove in Mitsiaris with an RBI single to chase Woodward from the game. With two down and Bilotta at second, Vento drove her in with an RBI two-out single down the right-field line. 

Vento would cap off the scoring in the fourth, as her sacrifice fly scored Prusmack and Bilotta dashed in on an error. 

All the while the Beacons were tacking on runs, Greenspan had no-hit the Corsairs through the first three innings. She gave up a single hit in the fourth, before finally running into a mini-jam in the sixth. The Corsairs led off with a single and after a pair of back-to-back fielder's choices, loaded the bases on a walk and a single. Greenspan got McKenzie Joyce to strike out swinging to end the threat.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston earned their first conference regular-season doubleheader sweep since April 16, 2016. The Beacons swept Rhode Island College 6-2, 9-0 (5 innings) in one of their two LEC sweeps last year.
  • The Beacons swept the Corsairs for the third time in five years, to improve to 16-33 all-time against their rivals. UMass Boston also earned sweeps in 2013 and 2015.
  • Raczkowski tied assistant coach Sue Killilea's ('13) program record for career doubles (37) with her game one double. Raczkowski is now tied for the Beacons' program record for career doubles and career home runs (11).
  • Greenspan improved to 3-3 in Little East play with a 2.16 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched.
  • The Beacons are tied for third in the Little East with Plymouth State University and Eastern Connecticut State University at 3-3. Keene State College and Western Connecticut State University are tied for first at 3-1. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host reigning Little East Conference Regular Season Champion Keene State College on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.