CLERMONT, Fla.—Freshman Kelly Danahy's (Kingston, Mass.) go-ahead two-run, two-out bloop single in the sixth inning, lifted UMass Boston softball to their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon at Hanock Park.
UMass Boston 3, Gordon College 2
(UMass Boston 1-2)
(Gordon College 0-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After seeing several earlier rallies fizz out on close calls on the base paths, Danahy lifted a pitch to shallow left field that bounced in an out of the left fielder's glove to give the Beacons the lead for good.
The freshman second baseman went 2-2 with a double and two RBI to lead the Beacons in the win.
Fellow freshman Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) also added her first two career hits. DiCenso finished 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) recorded her first victory of her sophomore season. She allowed four hits and two runs scored and struck out four over seven innings.
Gordon right fielder Sarah Ryder accounted for nearly all of the Fighting Scots offense. She finished 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI-thanks to a two-run homer that barely cleared the fence in left field in the second inning.
UMass Boston took their first lead of the season in the bottom of the first inning. After back-to-back outs to start the inning, Vento laced a doubled to left field. DiCenso followed with a high hopper up the middle that easily scored Vento for a 1-0 lead.
Gordon responded in the top of the second. With one out, Kristen Brown beat out an infield single and Ryder followed with a long fly ball to left field that took the Beacons' left fielder's glove with it over the fence.
After putting runners in scoring position in three of the next four innings but failing to score, UMass Boston finally got to Gordon pitcher Jasmine Mullally in the bottom of the sixth.
Vento opened the rally with a one out single and moved to second on a Dicenso single. After a hidden ball trick recorded the second out, the Beacons loaded the bases on a Bilotta single and a Gordon error.
With the bases loaded and two down, Danahy's bloop single gave the Beacons the lead for good.
In the top of the seventh, Greenspan mowed down the Fighting Scots hitters to secure the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- A day after recording just four hits, UMass Boston recorded seven hits in six innings. Dicenso and Danahy each recorded their first collegiate hits in the win and finished with two for the game.
- Greenspan recorded her first four strikeouts of the season in the win. She issued two free passes, but both came after the umpire had called a violation on the Beacons.
- UMass Boston improved to 3-0 all-time against the Fighting Scots with the win. Sunday's game marked the first meeting between the two schools since April 11, 20012.
UMass Boston will take on Becker College on Sunday afternoon in a game scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. The game time will be delayed due to the Noon game on Hancock Park Field 1 going 12 innings.