MONT, Fla.—After suffering their first loss of the season in game one, freshman Megan Hoben (Bedford, Mass.) spun a gem in her collegiate debut in game two, to lead UMass Boston to a day three split in Florida.
St. Mary's College (Ind.) 10, UMass Boston 0 (5 Inn.)
UMass Boston 7, Hamilton College 2
(UMass Boston 5-1)
(St. Mary's College 3-2)
(Hamilton College 0-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Belles scored four runs in the first inning and took advantage of five Beacons' errors to score a 10-0 win in the opener.
UMass Boston bounced back behind Hoben in game two. After falling behind 1-0 and 2-1 early to Hamilton College, the Beacons responded with six runs in the final three frames to improve to 5-1.
Facing a strong hitting team out of Indiana and with all the calls going against them, UMass Boston suffered their first loss of the 2017 season.
Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) paced the offense with a pair of singles in two at bats, while Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) cracked her first extra-base hit of the season with a double. Kaitlyn "KMO" Morse (Arlington, Mass.) added the Beacons' fourth and final hit of the day.
Freshman Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) suffered her first loss of the season in the opener. She allowed all 10 runs, but only four were earned, over four innings. Saint Mary's racked up 10 hits in four innings against her, while she struck out two batters.
Morgan Raymer picked up her second win of the year for the Belles by throwing four scoreless innings. Raymer struck out three and allowed three hits, before giving way to Mary Green for the fifth inning.
Saint Mary's College three through six hitters each finished with two or more RBI, with five-hole hitter Caitlyn Migawa pacing the way with two hits, one run scored and three RBI. Zoe Bruni tacked on a two-run homer, while Mackenzie Duncan and Cassie Young had two RBI each.
Duncan opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a two-run double to right-center. The Belles made it 3-0 when the Beacons committed a pair of errors on a double steal and Migawa pushed across a fourth run with a suicide squeeze.
Saint Mary's tacked on two more runs in the second thanks to a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to center from Migawa.
The Belles put the game away for good in the fourth. After an error extended the inning, Young and Migawa hit back-to-back RBI singles to extend the lead to 8-0. Bruni followed it up with a two-run homer over the left-center field fence to make it 10-0.
UMass Boston put a pair of runners in scoring position in the fifth, but the Belles got out of the jam thanks to a close play at first base.
Hoben was the story in game two, as she limited the Continentals to just four hits and two earned runs in her first collegiate appearance. She also struck out five and walked one, while throwing just 74 pitches.
Offensively, Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.), Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) and Vento paved the way. Bilotta finished with a team-high two RBI, while Mitsiaris added two runs scored. Vento finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to cap off a big day at the plate.
Hamilton went through three pitchers as they aimed to earn their first win of the 2017 season. Starter Zoe Singer limited the Beacons to one run on five hits in three innings, before giving way to Ursula Castiblanco. Castiblanco gave up four runs, three earned, in one inning before being pulled. The final pitcher, Desmen DePaulis scattered three hits and two earned runs across two innings of work.
Hamilton needed just three batters to take a 1-0 lead. After the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, Kendall Searcy doubled to the wall in right-center to score the runner from first. The Continentals tried to make it 2-0, but freshman Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) mowed down a runner trying to score from second on a single to left.
The Beacons knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Vento doubled with two down and moved to third base on a Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) single. Bilotta followed with a hard-hit single into the hole at shortstop, to even the contest.
The visitors pushed their edge back to one in the second, as Hannah Staab deposited a bloop single into no-man's land in shallow left to score a runner from second with two down.
UMass Boston was held off the scoreboard in the second and third thanks to tremendous defense from Phoebe Collins. The second baseman robbed Morse of a hit in the second and then turned a brilliant double play to stop a Beacons' rally in the third.
The Beacons turned the tables in the bottom of the fourth inning with another big two-out rally. With two down and Mitsiaris on first, Tulley singled and Prusmack worked a walk to load the bases. Morse followed with an RBI walk to tie the game, and Tulley scampered home with the go-ahead run-after the Hamilton College catcher threw the ball into left field on an attempted pick-off throw. A wild pitch pushed the lead to 4-2 as Prusmack easily rushed home.
Hamilton threatened in the top half of the fifth but Hoben calmly retired three-straight batters after surrendering a lead-off double.
UMass Boston made the Continentals pay with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With two runners in scoring position and no outs, Bilotta plated Vento with an RBI groundout to second and Mitsiaris executed a suicide squeeze perfectly to score Raczkowski.
Vento tacked on an RBI double to score Morse in the sixth to account for the final 7-2 score.
On the other side, Hoben retired 15 of the final 17 batters she faced, with the only baserunners reaching on a double and an error.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Vento finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one RBI and one walk.
- Three of the past four Beacons' freshman pitchers have won their collegiate debut-dating back to last season.
- Tuesday's contest marked the second-ever meeting between UMass Boston and St. Mary's (Ind.). The Belles improved to 2-0 after an 8-0 win in 2006. This was the first-ever meeting between UMass Boston and Hamilton.
- The Beacons improved to 3-1 on the year when giving up the first run.
- UMass Boston was shutout for the first time since April 23 of last season, when Western Connecticut State shut them out 6-0 in Danbury.
UMass Boston will be right back at it Wednesday morning. The Beacons will take on a pair of Massachusetts schools in Lasell (8 a.m.) and MCLA (10:30 a.m.) at the Sleepy Hollow Complex in Leesburg.