Softball Earns Split With Rival Corsairs

Softball Earns Split With Rival Corsairs

DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Behind another dominating performance from junior Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.), UMass Boston softball earned a split with Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 1

UMass Dartmouth 10, UMass Boston 2 (5 Innings)

(UMass Boston 12-9, Little East 3-3)

(UMass Dartmouth 11-11, Little East 4-2)  

HOW IT HAPPENED

Greenspan took a shutout bid into the seventh inning and limited the hosts to just five hits and one walk to earn her ninth win of the season.

Senior Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) led the Beacons with four RBI on the day and set the program record for career doubles in game two (42). Junior Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) snapped out of a slump by reaching six times in seven at-bats, including a 4-4 performance in game one.

GAME ONE RECAP

UMass Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised behind the right-arm of Greenspan.

The Beacons junior righty allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run to move to 9-3 on the season. She also struck four batters to move to 2-1 in LEC play.

Braga led the Beacons offensive by going 4-4 with a run scored. Vento tacked on one hit, one run scored and a pair of RBI.

Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) chipped in two hits and an RBI, while Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) registered one hit, one RBI and one run.

UMass Dartmouth's Jill Richards took the loss after allowing 11 hits and five earned runs over seven innings of work.

UMass Boston took control of the game for good after scoring four runs after just six batters.

Braga led off the game with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) single. Vento followed with an RBI fielder's choice, as Braga scored and the other two runners moved into scoring position. Bilotta followed with a suicide squeeze that plated Bonilla. Danahy made it 3-0 with an RBI triple to right and she came home on an Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) RBI groundout.

The Corsairs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, but Richards hit a liner to Braga who stepped on second for an unassisted, inning-ending double play.

UMass Boston tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) singled and was pinch ran for by Britney Perkett (Pittsfield, Mass.). Perkett moved to second on a Braga single, stole third and crossed the plate on a Vento RBI groundout.

Greenspan's shutout bid came to a close in the bottom of the seventh, as Autumn Medeiros led off the frame with a solo home run. Greenspan retired the next two batters, before working around a two-out single to close out the game.

GAME TWO RECAP

The Corsairs offense broke out for 10 runs on 13 hits and got a much stronger outing from Richards, to salvage the doubleheader split.

Richards allowed just four hits and two earned runs over five innings to move to 4-6 on the year. She also paced the offense with two hits and a game-high three RBI.

Vento led the Beacons with one hit and two RBI, while Bonilla finished 2-3. In the leadoff spot, Braga worked two walks and accounted for both of the Beacons runs scored.

The Corsairs scored five runs against both of the Beacons' freshmen pitchers, with Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) taking the loss after lasting 1.2 innings.

UMass Boston jumped off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Braga worked a leadoff walk, moved to second a passed ball and took third on a Bonilla single. Vento followed with a sacrifice fly, but Richards settled down and left Bonilla in scoring position.

UMass Dartmouth answered back with two runs of their own to take their first lead of the day. Kylie Fletcher recorded a one-out, RBI triple to tie the game and Richards followed with a run-scoring groundout.

The Corsairs blew the game open in the second inning with three runs on four hits.

Vento helped the Beacons cut into the deficit in the third, when she belted a two-out, RBI double to score Braga.

UMass Dartmouth loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third and got the run right back on an RBI single from Lindsay Chubbuck. Jayla Blackmon (Cambridge, Mass.) would settle down from there, as she recorded a pair of fielder's choices and a strikeout to keep the deficit at four.

The Corsairs earned the mercy-rule victory in the fifth inning thanks to a four-run, two-out rally. UMass Dartmouth took advantage of a pair of Beacons' errors with two outs to end the game two innings early.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • With her double in game two, Vento broke a tie with former teammate Gia Raczkowski ('17) for most career doubles in program history. Vento now owns the program record for career doubles (42), home runs (14), runs batted in (117) and walks (62).
  • With their game one win, UMass Boston posted their first four-game winning streak of the season.
  • Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) recorded her 100th career hit in the first inning of game one.
  • Greenspan's LEC earned run average dipped to 1.67 after game one. She has allowed just five runs in three conference starts.
  • Braga snapped out of a 3-26 streak (.115) with her 4-4 performance in game one.
  • With the split, UMass Boston is now 18-34 all-time against the Corsairs. The Beacons have won eight of the past 11 meetings against UMass Dartmouth.
  • Game two marked the Beacons' first mercy-rule loss of the season. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will return home, to host fellow 2018 NCAA MIT Regional Tournament participant Framingham State University on Thursday at 3 and 5 p.m.