Softball Drops A Pair on Day Two at NTC Games

Softball Drops A Pair on Day Two at NTC Games

CLERMONT, Fla.--Despite a combined 24 hits and 16 runs, UMass Boston softball (1-3) dropped a pair at the National Training Complex Monday afternoon, with a 13-7 loss at Worcester State University (3-1) and an 11-9 decision against SUNY Oswego (2-3).

UMass Boston fell into early holes in both games and couldn't quite get over the hump in either contest.

Senior Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) and sophomore Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) each finished with five hits on the day, as the Beacons are now hitting .372 through four games. 

Senior tri-captain Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) added the first three hits of her senior campaign and recorded a team-high four RBI on the day. 

GAME ONE: Worcester State 13, UMass Boston 7 

After five innings of relatively clean and quick softball, the Lancers and Beacons combined for 14 runs and three errors in a marathon sixth inning. Worcester State scored nine of their 13 runs in the sixth, while the Beacons answered back with five in the bottom half of the inning, to extend the game into the seventh. 

UMass Boston committed a season-high five errors in the game, which led to four unearned runs. 

Haley Dutton (Milton, Mass.), Hemstock and Morse all registered three hits in the loss, while sophomore Gia Rackzowski (Stoneham, Mass.) added two hits, a run and an RBI. 

Sophomore Kelsey Cruse (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in with a hit, a run and her first collegiate RBI in her sixth collegiate start. 

Worcester State finished with 13 runs on 13 hits, with Katie Storro and and Jillian Witowski recording a team-high two RBI apiece. 

Beacons starter Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) allowed nine earned runs over five innings, before being replaced by freshman Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass.) who made her collegiate debut on the mound in the loss. Sophomore Kayla Harris (Cumberland, R.I.) made her collegiate debut in the game as well, and she finished with a stolen base and a run scored in the loss. 

UMass Boston struck first, when Raczkowski looped a double into short right-field to score Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.) for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. 

After Worcester State struck for a pair of runs in the second and third innings, the Beacons cut the deficit in half in the fourth. With Hemstock on third and two outs, Dutton sent a soft grounder into the hole on the right side and beat the throw, to make it 4-2 in favor of the Lancers. 

The two teams would both go down 1-2-3 in the fifth, only to have the game significantly slow down in the sixth inning. 

Worcester State sent 14 batters to the plate in the top half of the sixth inning and scored nine runs on six hits, two walks, two hit by pitches and three errors. The inning could have been much worse, but with zero outs and a runner on third, Wyse struck out the batter and Raczkowski picked off a runner on third for the first two outs of the inning. 

The big inning seemed to spark the Beacons bats as well, as UMass Boston responded with five runs of their own to avoid being run-ruled. 

After back-to-back hits from Raczkowski and Hemstock, Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) plated the first run for the Beacons with a groundout to the pitch. Dutton followed with a single and Morse plated Hemstock with a single right back the middle. With Harris pinch-running for Dutton, Morse and Harris executed a perfect double-steal, with Harris scampering home to cut the deficit to 13-5. After the Lancers got the second out, Cruse tacked on another run when she singled to score Morse. Two batters later, Capra belted a double down the left-field line that easily scored Cruse. 

Worcester State would finally get out of the inning with two runners in scoring position and they closed out the seventh inning with two more Beacons on the base paths. 

GAME TWO: SUNY OSWEGO 11, UMass Boston 9 

Game two proved to be a much cleaner contest, as the Beacons fought all the way back from an early deficit, but couldn't hold off a late charge from the Lakers. 

Emily Gray (New Bedford, Mass.) led the Beacons with three hits in four at-bats, while Capra added a team-high three RBI to go along with her two hits. 

Wyse and Gray both struggled in the circle, as the two pitchers combined to allow 14 hits, three walks and 10 earned runs over seven innings. 

Oswego was led by the combination of Melanie Klauser and Erin McNeely who combined for seven hits in eight at-bats and four runs and four RBI. After the Beacons battered their first two pitchers, Lisa O'Callaghan came on to close out the game, and allowed just two walks over two scoreless innings to get the win. 

The Lakers rushed out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, thanks to four hits and a pair of Beacons errors. 

UMass Boston erased most of the deficit with a four-run fourth inning. With the bases loaded and just one out, Capra crushed a ball just over the right-fielder's glove for a three-run triple. Raczkowski followed with an RBI groundout to plate Capra to make it 5-4 heading to the bottom of the fourth. 

The Beacons took their first lead of the game in the fifth inning, when they tacked on three more runs. With Mitsiaris on third after a double and a sacrifice bunt, Morse singled through the right side to tie the game. Two batters later, Cruse drove Morse in on a fielder's choice. With Gray on third and Cruse on first, the Beacons scored on a double steal, as the catcher threw the ball away on the way down to second base. 

SUNY Oswego wouldnt go down lightly though, as the Lakers finally broke through against Gray for three runs on four hits to grab an 8-7 advantage. 

In the sixth inning, the Beacons put their first two runners on, before Dutton grounded out to second base to plate Raczkowski. With two down and a tie game, Hemstock scurried home on a passed ball to give the Beacons their second lead of the game at 9-8. 

McNeely gave the Lakers the lead for good though in the bottom half of the sixth, as her two-run triple made it 10-9 in favor of the home team. Alexandra McKay followed with an RBI single to give the Lakers their final run of the contest. 

Capra worked a walk with two outs in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but Raczkowski's liner down the right field line was caught for the final out. 

UMass Boston will have Tuesday off, before taking on nationally-ranked William Paterson University (1 p.m.) and MCLA (3 p.m.) on Wednesday.