CLERMONT, Fla.—Day three of the NTC Classic proved to be a rough going for UMass Boston Softball (2-4), as the Beacons fell 7-0 to SUNY Geneseo (4-4) and 4-0 to UW Eau-Claire (6-1), in a pair of contests at the NTC Main Complex.
The Beacons struggled offensively all afternoon, as they mustered just nine hits against two dominant out-of-region pitchers.
Junior Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, N.J.) led the Beacons with three hits and some stellar defense split between first and second base, while senior third baseman Kelsey Souza (Braintree, Mass.) added two hits and made several diving stabs at the hot corner.
Sophomore left fielder Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.) recorded one of UMass Boston's two extra-base hits on the day with a triple to right field, while Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Taryn Asta (Marshfield, Mass.) and Emily Gray (New Bedford, Mass.) all added singles on the day.
GAME ONE: SUNY GENESEO 7, UMass Boston 0
After a mostly even first two innings, SUNY Geneseo put across three runs apiece in the third and fourth frames, thanks to six Beacons errors. The offensive explosion would be more than enough, as UMB mustered just six baserunners in the contest.
Errors would be the story of the game, as six of the seven Knights runs that came across were unearned.
Gray did all she could to keep the team in the game, allowing one earned run over seven innings in her third career complete-game, but couldn't overcome the early 7-0 deficit.
Offensively, Vecchiet reached base three times with two singles and a walk, while Bouyea, Bove and Gray accounted for the Beacons final three hits.
The Beacons put multiple baserunners on in just two of the seven innings, but failed to connect with a runner in scoring position.
GAME TWO: UW EAU-CLAIRE 4, UMass Boston 0
The Beacons would put up a much better effort in Game Two, but once again struggled to get themselves out of an early hole.
UW Eau-Claire struck for one run in the first inning and three more in the second, before the Beacons shut down the BlueGolds for the final four frames.
Sophomore pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) recovered from a slow start to allow just five hits and three earned runs over six innings of work. Zullo struggled with her command for the second straight start, issuing five free passes, but also added four strikeouts.
Souza led the Beacons with two of their four base hits, including a double, while Asta and Vecchiet chipped in for the final two singles.