Softball Wraps Up Florida Trip With Third-Straight Split

Softball Wraps Up Florida Trip With Third-Straight Split

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—UMass Boston softball scored three of the final four runs in game two, to earn a split on Day 5 of their Florida Trip and a 5-5 overall record in the Sunshine State.

THE BASICS

Marietta College 4, UMass Boston 2

UMass Boston 9, Washington College (Md.)

(UMass Boston 5-5)

(Marietta 6-1)

(Washington College 3-9) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Senior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) and junior Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) keyed the Beacons offense all day long.

Vento finished the day 5-7, with two runs scored and four RBI. With her RBI single in game one, Vento became the first player in program history to reach 100 career RBI.

Bonilla, who leads the Beacons in hits, runs scored and batting average after 10 games, went 3-5 with four runs scored and three walks.

GAME ONE RECAP

Marietta College scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on for a 4-2 win over UMass Boston.

Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.), Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.), Vento and Bonilla each chipped in two hits in the loss. Braga and Bonilla each recorded a run scored, while Vento and Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) registered an RBI apiece.

In the circle, Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) allowed four runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings to take the loss. Jayla Blackmon (Cambridge, Mass.) came on to retire the final two Pioneer batters.

Marietta starter Jackie Mulvain earned the win after allowing two runs in 4.1 innings.

UMass Boston took their first and only lead of the game three batters in. Braga and Bonilla opened the game with back-to-back singles, before Vento roped an RBI double to score Braga.

The Pioneers answered back with all four of their runs in the bottom of the third. With no outs and runners on the corner, Maicy Kirk and Jordan Pallay recorded back-to-back RBI singles to give Marietta the lead. After a double steal brought home the third run, the hosts added a sacrifice fly to close out the inning.

UMass Boston tried to tie the game in the top of the fifth. The Beacons loaded the bases up on three-straight singles from Bonilla, Vento and Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.). Dicenso followed with an RBI single, but reliever Maddi Liston recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.

GAME TWO RECAP

After blowing an early 6-0 lead, UMass Boston regained the lead in the fourth and added two more runs in the fifth to knock off Washington College.

The top five hitters in the Beacons' lineup provided the majority of the damage in the final Florida contest. UMass Boston's top five hitters combined for six of the team's nine hits (6-13), 7 runs scored and six RBI.

Vento finished 3-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and the team's lone extra-base hit (a triple). Bonilla added a line of 1-1 with three runs scored and three walks.

Braga tacked on two runs scored and an RBI, while Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.), Danahy and Tulley each recorded an RBI apiece.

Junior Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) earned her third win of the season in the contest. She allowed nine hits and two earned runs, while striking out five.

Shoremen relief pitcher Rachel Butler led Washington College with three RBI and a run scored. She also took the loss, after giving up four runs (three earned) over 4.2 innings.

The Beacons jumped out to a 6-0 lead after scoring three runs in each of the first two innings.

After back-to-back walks to Braga and Bonilla, Vento opened the scoring with an RBI single. Danahy walked to load the bases and Tulley plated Bonilla with a sacrifice fly. Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) walked to load the bases again and Vento scampered home on a passed ball.

In the second inning, Vento crushed a triple down the right-field line to score Braga and Bonilla. Danahy followed with an RBI groundout to push the lead to 6-0.

Washington College roared back with five two-out runs in the top of the third. After the Shoremen loaded the bases with two down, UMass Boston committed an error to let the first run score. Butler and Alli Saul followed with two-run hits to cut the deficit to 6-5.

The Shoremen added a sixth run scored in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch.

UMass Boston immediately retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Bonilla and Vento singled with two down and Bonilla came in to score on a two-out error.

The Beacons stretched their lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the fifth. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Pawlina came on as a pinch-hitter and delivered an RBI single. Braga followed with an RBI groundout to plate Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas).

Washington College put two runners on with one out in the seventh, but Greenspan induced a sacrifice fly and a line out to wrap up the win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Vento became the first player in program history to record 100 career RBI in game one. She also passed Gia Raczkowski ('17) for second in program history in career total bases i (239).
  • The Beacons allowed two or fewer earned runs in both games on Thursday and six of their 10 games in Florida. UMass Boston's three-woman staff recorded a collective 3.07 team earned run average.
  • Greenspan joined Michelle Zullo ('15) as the only two players in program history to throw 400 or more career innings in the win over Washington College. For her career, Greenspan has now thrown 403.2 innings.
  • Bonilla recorded more hits during this Florida trip than her previous two seasons combined. The junior finished the trip 16-30 for an incredible .533 batting average.
  • Thursday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between UMass Boston and both Marietta College and Washington College.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will return to New England this weekend. They will look to open New England play on Tuesday night, when they travel to take on Emmanuel College at 6 and 8 p.m.