CLERMONT, Fla. – In the final doubleheader of the spring trip, softball dropped a hard fought 4-3 loss to the University of Scranton and pulled out a 7-2 win over St. Joseph College (Conn.) to earn a split Thursday afternoon at the National Training Center in Clermont.
With Thursday's split the Beacons will fly back to Boston with a 5-2 record as they prepare for the bulk of their 2012 schedule.
In the opener against the Royals of Scranton, UMass Boston managed to cut an early 3-0 lead down to a one-run game after putting up a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. They then tied the score at 3-3 on an RBI single by Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.). Unfortunately, Scranton was able to drive in the game-winning run in the top of the sixth to steal the win.
Polsonetti finished the opener 2-for-4 at the plate with the one RBI. Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) also went 2-for-4 with an RBI to help the Beacons rally in the bottom half of the second. In the circle Kara Willis was solid for all seven innings, despite the loss, as she retired four batters while only allowing five hits.
The nightcap saw the Beacons combine for 10 hits as they cruised past St. Joseph. Maria Nasta (Andover Mass.), Samantha Hemstock (Northford Conn.), and Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) each went 2-for-4 in the win. Along with her two hits, Hemstock also drove in one run and recorded one run scored.
After three scoreless innings for both teams, the Beacons got on the scoreboard in a big-way as they tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth. St. Joseph cut that lead down to one, but with a three-run top of the fifth the Beacons secured control of the contest. Another run in the bottom of that inning would be all that St. Joseph would get for the afternoon.
The Beacons tacked on one more run in the sixth and in the seventh to secure their fifth win of the 2012 season. Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) went all seven innings and struckout three batters. Of the two runs scored only one was earned on seven hits.
Softball will begin their regular season doubleheaders on Thursday when they travel to Salem State University for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest.