#4 Softball Downs Rival #5 UMass Dartmouth To Stay In LEC Winner's Bracket

#4 Softball Downs Rival #5 UMass Dartmouth To Stay In LEC Winner's Bracket

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Senior captain Kaitlyn "KMO" Morse's (Arlington, Mass.) two-run single in the third inning was the difference, as #4 UMass Boston softball stayed perfect in the Little East Conference Tournament with a 3-2 win over #5 UMass Dartmouth.

THE BASICS

#4 UMass Boston 3, #5 UMass Dartmouth 2

(UMass Boston 25-10)

(UMass Dartmouth 22-18)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Morse's two-run single broke a 1-1 tie and freshman pitcher Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took over from there, with some help from senior Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.).

Greenspan was phenomenal in her second collegiate playoff start. The freshman allowed just eight singles and two earned runs. She struck out one and walked just two, to improve to 17-7 on the year. She also set the program record with her 28th appearance in a single-season.

With the win, #4 UMass Boston advances to take on #1 Plymouth State University in the final game of the night (8pm). The winner advances to the LEC Championship Series and needs to win just one game, to win the LEC Tournament Championship.

The win marked the Beacons' program record 25th win of the season. The Beacons passed the 2011 team that went 24-15. 

Raczkowski made the big play defensively, when she threw out Gracie Trudeau at the plate in the sixth inning for the final out.

Morse paced the Beacons offense with two RBI, while freshman Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) recorded her second-straight two-hit, two-run scored game.

Sophomore Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) added an RBI single, to set the program record with 37 RBI in a single-season. Freshman Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) tacked on a single and a run scored and Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) accounted for the Beacons final hit.

UMass Dartmouth's Victoria Woodward took the loss. Woodward allowed six hits and three runs scored to fall to 5-6.

Nicole McSweeney was the lone Corsair to have much luck offensively. The leadoff hitter went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

UMass Dartmouth took an early lead in the top of the first. McSweeney led off with a single, moved to second on Maxine Vincent's single and scored with two down on a Cierra Sherin RBI single.

The Beacons struck back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Prusmack singled to shortstop, moved to second on a groundout and flew home on Vento's record-setting RBI single.

UMass Boston took the lead for good in the third. Braga and Prusmack opened the inning with singles to put runner at the corners with no outs. After Prusmack stole second, Morse drove both runners in with a two RBI single to right-center.

All the while, Greenspan was mowing down the "visitors." She allowed just four baserunners between the second and the fifth, including just two hits.

The Corsairs finally put together a rally in the sixth. With two outs and no one on, the Corsairs loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. McSweeney drove in Brittany Polk with an RBI single through the right side, but Raczkowski charged and threw a laser to the plate to get Trudeau.

In the seventh, Greenspan induced three groundouts to complete the win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston earned their third win of the year against UMass Dartmouth and second win in three postseason meetings over the past two years. The Beacons have now won 10 of the past 14 against their rivals.
  • With her seven innings pitched, Greenspan also set the single-season record for innings pitched (167.2). She passes Annie Thomas (Lunenburg, Mass.) who threw 166.2 last spring.
  • Vento sits just one hit shy of 100 for her career. She would be the 14th in program history to reach the mark.
  • Prusmack is 4-9 with four runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in two playoff games.
  • Morse is 3-for-5 with a run scored, three RBI and three walks.

WHO'S NEXT

#4 UMass Boston will look to make the LEC Championship Series for a second-consecutive season. The Beacons will face #1 Plymouth State University in the final game of the day.