Softball Drops a Pair On Day 2 in Florida

Softball Drops a Pair On Day 2 in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—UMass Boston softball suffered a pair of four-run setbacks on Day 2 of their Florida trip.

THE BASICS

Arcadia University 5, UMass Boston 1

Haverford College 10, UMass Boston 6 

(UMass Boston 2-2)

(Arcadia 1-0)

(Haverford College 2-0)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After scoring a run in the top of the first in game 1, the Beacons bats went silent until it was too late. On the day, the Beacons managed just 12 hits and no extra-base hits.

Junior Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) paced the Beacons with three hits, one run and one RBI on the day.

GAME ONE RECAP

Arcadia limited the Beacons to just six hits and two walks and the Knights recorded four extra-base hits to earn a 5-1 win their season opener.

Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) was the lone Beacon to finish with multiple hits, as she ended the game 2-3.

Each of the top four hitters in the lineup added a single, with Braga recording a run and Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) picking up an RBI.

In the circle, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss after allowing nine hits and four earned runs in six innings.

Mary Pat Murphy held the Beacons bats in check, as the junior struck out eight and allowed just five hits and one earned run over five innings. Brenna Dolan pitched the final two innings to earn the save.

UMass Boston scored their lone run in the top of the first. Braga reached on a two-base error, moved to third on a sacrifice and came home on Tulley's two-out RBI single.

The Knights tied the game in the bottom of the first with a two-out hit of their own. Arcadia took the lead for good in the third, when they recorded a pair of RBI doubles to grab a 3-1 advantage.

Arcadia added a single run in the fifth and sixth innings to account for the final 5-1 score.

UMass Boston had chances to score, but the Beacons left runners in scoring position in each of their final five at-bats.

Their best chance came in the fifth inning. Bonilla and Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) singled to put two runners on with one out. Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) followed with a single, but the Beacons base runners got caught in several run downs and Arcadia managed to get out of the inning on the play.

GAME TWO RECAP

UMass Boston rallied from an early 9-0 deficit to bring the game-tying run to the plate in the sixth and seventh innings, but their comeback effort fell just short.

After each of the first eight batters of the game reached for Haverford, freshman Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) came on in relief and kept the Fords in check. She held Haverford to three earned runs over seven innings in her second-straight, strong outing to begin her career.

Freshman catcher Alley Diaute (Braintree, Mass.) earned her first collegiate start and led the Beacons with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Braga added two hits and an RBI of her own.

Freshman Britney Perkett (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Vento chipped in one hit, one run and one RBI apiece.

Haverford's Emma Souter and Emily Reinstadtler combined to go 8-for-10 with five runs scored and two RBI.

The Fords blew the game open in the first with seven runs on six hits and three walks. Haverford added single runs in the second and fourth innings to extend their lead to 9-0.

After being held completely in check for the first three innings, UMass Boston began their comeback bid in the bottom of the fourth.

Braga singled to break up the no-hit bid and came in to score on Perkett's bases-loaded walk. Vento scored on a fielder's choice and then Perkett came home on a dropped third strike. Diaute capped off the four-run, fourth-inning when her single drove in Tulley.

UMass Boston cut the deficit to 10-6 in the sixth inning. The Beacons loaded the bases on a single and two walks and then scored runs on a Vento walk and a Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) hit by pitch. UMass Boston had a chance to do more damage, but Briana Quinn recorded a strikeout to leave the bases loaded.

The Beacons loaded the bases again in the seventh, this time on two walks and an error, but Quinn induced a pop up and a fly out keep the Beacons from extending the game to extras.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston left 19 baserunners on the day, including 11 against Haverford.
  • Geicy Peña (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Jayla Blackmon (Cambridge, Mass.) and A. Diaute all made their first collegiate starts in the Haverford game. 
  • Sunday's contests marked the first-ever meetings against both Arcadia and Haverford.
  • Braga made several strong defensive plays at shortstop against Haverford and finished the game with four putouts and one assist.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will return to action on Tuesday, when they take on William Paterson University (N.J.) at 9:30 a.m. and Wheaton College (Mass.) at 11:45 a.m.