WINTER HAVEN, Fla.—UMass Boston softball rallied from 6-0 down in game number one, to earn a split on Day 4 of their Florida Trip.
UMass Boston 10, Swarthmore College 6
University of New England 1, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 4-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind 6-0 against Swarthmore, UMass Boston scored 10-straight runs behind a record day from senior catcher Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.). Vento tied the program-record for career home runs with her grand slam in the third inning and also set the program record for walks as part of a 2-for-2 game with two runs, four RBI and two walks.
In the nightcap, freshman Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) turned in another fantastic performance but was the tough-luck loser.
GAME ONE RECAP
UMass Boston struck for six runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the sixth inning, to earn their second-straight comeback win.
Vento keyed the Beacons in the win with her first home run of the season and 13th of her collegiate career.
Junior Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) led the Beacons with three hits in four at-bats and tacked on two runs scored. Sophomore Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) chipped in two hits, two runs and an RBI.
In the circle, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) settled down after a rough start to hold the Garnets scoreless over the final five innings. She finished with a final line of six hits, six runs (four earned) and four strikeouts over seven innings.
Swarthmore starter Lucy Decker allowed nine runs (six earned) over 5.1 innings to take the loss.
The Garnets took a 1-0 lead after three batters and stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the top of the first. The visitors stretched their advantage to 6-0 in the top of the second on a two-run double from Mika Maenaga.
After being limited to one hit in the first two innings, UMass Boston rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Sarah Harlinski (Stubridge, Mass.) reached on an error, Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) walked and Bonilla singled to load the bases. Vento stepped up and blasted a home run over the right-center field fence to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Danahy and Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) both singled to put two runners on with two outs and both runners scampered home on an Garnets errors to tie the game.
After Greenspan left runners on the corners in the top of the sixth, UMass Boston took their first lead of the game with a four-run bottom of the sixth.
Bonilla singled and stole second and Vento walked to put two one with one out. Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) followed with a go-ahead, ground-run double and then Danahy added an RBI single to score Vento.
With two outs, Tulley rushed home on a wild pitch and Britney Perkett (Pittsfield, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to score Danahy.
Greenspan set the Garnets down in order in the seventh to earn her 35th career win in 55 career starts.
GAME TWO RECAP
For the second-straight day, Catania found herself in a pitcher's duel, as she and a pair of Nor'Easter pitchers matched each other with zeroes the first six innings.
Catania recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed just seven hits, one walk and one run in the complete-game loss.
UNE's Jordan Strum earned the win after allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings.
Avery Alberghini was the offensive hero for the hosts, as the catcher went 4-4 with the game-winning RBI single.
Juniors Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas), Braga and Bonilla each recorded one of the Beacons' three hits.
UMass Boston had two of their three best chances to score in the opening two frames. The Beacons loaded the bases in the first and second innings with two outs, but Melissa Sprague induced a strikeout and a lineout to get out of the jams.
The Nor'Easters put two runners in scoring position with one out in the third and fifth innings, but Catania struck out the final two batters both times.
UMass Boston created their third and final good chance to score in the top of the seventh. Prusmack led off with a single and moved to third on a groundout. With two outs and Prusmack on third, Strum struck out a Beacon to keep the game scoreless.
Pinch-hitter Sarah Lachapelle opened the bottom of the seventh with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Zelie Condon-Layman. After a pair of outs put Condon-Layman at second base, Alberghini singled through the left side to score the runner from second and end the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Vento tied Gia Raczkowski ('17) for the program record for career home runs (13) in game one. She also set the program mark for career walks (59) in the contest. Finally, Vento became the eighth player in program history to record 400 or more career at-bats in game two (401).
- The Beacons won game one despite recording a season-high five errors. UMass Boston made up for their miscues by going a season-best 5-5 on the basepaths.
- Greenspan moved into second-place in program history in career innings pitched (396.2) against Swarthmore.
- Bonilla has already set a new career-high for hits in a single-season. The junior outfielder has a team-high 13 hits in 25 at-bats and is hitting .520 for the trip. She also recorded her first career extra-base hit, a double, in the win over Swarthmore.
- The Beacons improved to 1-0 all-time against Swarthmore and 0-3 against the Nor'Easters (two losses in 1981).
- Catania had recorded just six strikeouts in 23 innings in her first three appearances. The freshman was one strikeout shy of becoming the sixth pitcher in program history to record double-digit punch outs.
UMass Boston will close out their 10-game trip on Thursday, when they take on Marietta College at 9:45 p.m. and Washington College (M.D.) at 2 p.m.