Softball Settles For Split At Salve Regina

Softball Settles For Split At Salve Regina

NEWPORT, R.I.—Maddie Machado hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two, to force UMass Boston softball to settle for a doubleheader split against host Salve Regina University on Tuesday afternoon. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 4, Salve Regina 1

Salve Regina 11, UMass Boston 10 

(UMass Boston 8-8)

(Salve Regina 6-8) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

UMass Boston dominated the first 11 innings of Tuesday's doubleheader, but the Seahawks struck back for 10 runs over the final three innings to earn the split. 

Junior third baseman Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) finished the day a perfect 6-6 with two runs, two RBI and two steals to lead the Beacons. Sophomore Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) added four hits, three runs, three RBI, two steals and two walks. 

GAME ONE RECAP 

UMass Boston scored the first four runs and used a brilliant outing from Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) to knock off the hosts. 

Greenspan allowed just six hits, two walks and on earned run over seven innings to earn her sixth win of the season. She also tacked on four strikeouts. 

Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) paced the Beacons with three hits in three at-bats and added a run scored and a walk. 

Freshman Caley Ruggiero (Southbury, Conn.) added a double, a run scored, an RBI and a pair of walks. 

Emilee Angell was the lone Seahawk with multiple hits, as she finished 2-3. In the circle, Jaycee Garrigan took the loss after allowing eight hits and four runs over six innings. 

UMass Boston took the lead in the top of the second. Danahy walked and stole second and then scored on Ruggiero's first collegiate double. 

The Beacons stretched their lead to 2-0 in the third. Vento doubled with one out and scampered home on a Danahy RBI single. 

The visitors doubled their advantage in the sixth inning. Ruggiero walked and Bilotta singled to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Ruggiero dashed home on a passed ball and Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to scored Bilotta. 

Salve Regina broke up Greenspan's shutout bid in the bottom of the sixth. Amanda Riley singled with one out, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Kendall Duprey's two-out RBI single. 

Greenspan retired the final four batters she faced to shut down the Seahawks. 

GAME TWO RECAP 

After scoring just two runs in the first 11 innings, Salve Regina scored three or more runs in each of the final three inning to earn a win in a back-and-forth game two. 

The Beacons led 4-1, 6-4 and 10-7, but couldn't hold on against the Seahawks late charge. Salve Regina earned the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Machado hit a double off the wall that scored all three runners and then she came home to score the game-winning run on a Beacons error on the play. 

Bilotta and Danahy both had huge games for the Beacons. Bilotta went 4-4 with a pair of RBI, while Danahy tacked on three hits, two runs, two RBI and a walk. 

Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) registered two hits and two runs scored and Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) chipped in a run scored and two RBI. 

Duprey led the hosts, as she went 2-4 with three RBI. Machado added three runs and three RBI. 

UMass Boston held the upper hand through the first five innings. The Beacons struck for two runs in the first with Vento driving in Braga on an RBI groundout and Pawlina delivering an RBI single to plate Bonilla. 

After the Seahawks answered with a run in the bottom of the first, Bilotta recorded an RBI single in the third and fifth innings to stretch the lead to 4-1. 

Salve Regina answered right back in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run triple from Duprey to tie the game at 4-4. 

The Beacons regained the lead in the sixth on a Danahy RBI double and a Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) RBI single. 

Salve Regina struck back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to take their first lead of the game (7-6). 

UMass Boston responded with their biggest inning of the day. Bilotta led off with a single and the Beacons loaded the bases with one out on walks to Bonilla and Vento. The Beacons caught a huge break in the next at-bat, as Pawlina hit a grounder to the shortstop who threw home, but the catcher dropped the ball to allow the tying and go-ahead runs to score. 

Danahy followed with an RBI single and then was thrown out on a delayed-double-steal, that allowed Pawlina to come home to score. 

Salve Regina had one final run in them. After Jayla Blackmon (Cambridge, Mass.) retired two of the first three batters, with the other batter reaching on an error-Salve mounted a rally. The next two batters reached on a hit by pitch and a walk to load the bases with two outs. Machado followed with a bases-clearing double off the wall in right and then came home on a Beacons miscue. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston finished the day 11-12 on the basepaths, including a season-high 7-7 in game one. Danahy and Bilotta each went 2-2 in game one. 
  • With her four strikeouts, Greenspan is now just three strikeouts shy of tying Kara Willis ('12) for second all-time in program history in career strikeouts (223). 
  • The Beacons recorded a season-high 15 hits in game two. 
  • Bilotta's batting average rose from .250 (2-8) to a team-high .571 (8-14) after Tuesday's doubleheader. 
  • The sixth inning has been a real issue for the Beacons as of late. UMass Boston has allowed runs in the inning in four straight games and five of their past six. Over their last six games, the Beacons have allowed 18 runs in the sixth. 
  • Braga played in her 100thand 101stgames on Tuesday. 
  • With the split, Salve Regina leads the all-time series 7-6. UMass Boston saw their three-game winning streak over the Seahawks come to a close in game two.  

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will close out their four-game, non-conference road trip with a doubleheader at Bridgewater State on Thursday starting at 3 p.m.