Saints Sweeps Softball Thanks To Two-Out Runs

Saints Sweeps Softball Thanks To Two-Out Runs

BOSTON, Mass.—Emmanuel College scored 13 of their 20 runs on the day with two outs, to earn a doubleheader sweep over visiting UMass Boston softball at Clemente Field on Tuesday night. 

THE BASICS

Emmanuel College 9, UMass Boston 3

Emmanuel College 11, UMass Boston 3

(UMass Boston 8-14)

(Emmanuel College 10-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED

The Saints took advantage of the Beacons' inability to get third outs all day long, as they snapped a four-game losing streak against UMass Boston.

UMass Boston got off to decent starts in both games, but couldn't stem the tide against a Saints offense that racked up 25 hits on the day.

Sophomore Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) led the Beacons offense with five hits in six at-bats. She also finished with three runs scored and one RBI.

Freshman Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) added one of the big highlights of the day, with her first collegiate home run.

GAME ONE

Emmanuel scored five runs between the fifth and sixth innings to blow open a 4-3 game.

Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda provided the big blow for the Saints with a 3-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Beacons were limited to just four hits in game one against the combination of Megan Kiselback and Olivia Burgos. Burgos earned the win after throwing the final four innings, allowing two hits and one earned run.

Bilotta recorded two hits, two runs scored, one RBI and one walk in the loss. Junior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) tacked on one hit, one RBI and a walk.

Freshman Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) took the loss after allowing 15 hits and eight earned runs in the loss.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, UMass Boston tied the game in the top of the third. Bilotta ripped a ground-double to score Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) and Bilotta came in to score on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

The Saints matched the Beacons with two runs of their own in the third, and pushed across four more runs in the fifth to blow the game wide open.

GAME TWO

UMass Boston roared out to a 6-0 lead through 1.5 innings, only to see the Saints respond with 11-straight runs in a disappointing game two loss.

The Beacons committed five errors behind Megan Hoben (Bedford, Mass.) in the contest. The errors added up to four unearned runs. Hoben allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs in the loss.

Burgos picked up the game two win as well, as she allowed two runs over five innings of relief.

Bilotta finished a perfect 3-3 with a run scored and a walk at the top of the Beacons' order. Vento added two hits, two runs and two RBI, while freshman Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) chipped in a hit and two runs scored.

DiCenso ended the night on a high note, as she stepped in as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh and belted a two-run home run over the right-field fence.

Sarah Hoisl (three RBI), Burgos and Ramirez-Tejeda all posted multiple RBI and combined for seven of the team's nine total runs batted in.

It was all UMass Boston early in the contest. The Beacons loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first and scored two runs on an error and a Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) sacrifice fly.

UMass Boston stretched their lead to 6-0 in the top of the second. Vento lined a single up the middle to score two and Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) followed with an RBI single. Junior Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) pushed the lead to 6-0 with an RBI groundout.

Emmanuel responded right back with six runs in the bottom of the inning. The Saints grabbed the lead with two more runs in the third and stretched their advantage to 11-6 after five innings.

UMass Boston closed the night out with a two-run seventh. Freshman Gianna Salemi (Windsor, Conn.) lined a pinch-hit single out to right field and Dicenso followed with her first collegiate four-bagger.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Washington and Hoben both struck out six batters on the day. For Washington it tied a career-high, while Hoben's six strikeouts are tied for his second-most in a single-game.
  • With the sweep, UMass Boston now leads the Saints 15-8 all-time.
  • The Beacons played without sophomore pitcher Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) for the first time this season.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host Lesley University on Thursday for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.