March 14, 2012

Softball Splits A Pair In Florida

CLERMONT, Fla.--UMass Boston (4-1) handed Minnesota-Morris their first loss of the season 11-2 behind a career game from Erika Vecchiet, before dropping their first game of the season to SUNY Fredonia by a 12-3 score in six innings.

In the first game, Vecchiet went 4-for-4 and added three RBIs and two runs. The sophomore second baseman recorded career-highs with the four hits and three RBIs in only her second start of the season. She finished just shy of the cycle, with a single, two doubles and a triple in the five inning contest.

Senior first baseman Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.) went 1-for-2 and added a triple and two RBIs of her own.

Junior shortstop Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) continued her hot start with two hits and two runs. While Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and one of the team's season-high six extra-base hits.

In the circle, Willis moved to 3-0 on the season behind five strong innings. Willis scattered two runs on four hits and struck out three Minnesota-Morris batters.

UMass Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one, and 10-0 after two innings. In the first, six straight Beacons reached base before the team recorded an out, as the team knocked out three hits and Minnesota-Morris committed two errors.

The second inning was more of the same, as the Beacons knocked out seven more hits en route to a new season-high (14 hits). UMass Boston added four of their five stolen bases in the inning as well.

The second game was much closer in the first few innings, with the Beacons holding a 1-0 lead, before SUNY Fredonia scored four runs in the fourth and eight in the sixth and final inning.

Freshmen catcher Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) crushed her fourth home run of the season for the Beacons lone RBI. It was a rough contest for the Beacons, who were limited to just seven baserunners in six innings.

Freshmen pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) took the loss with eight runs allowed in five innings. Willis came on in relief and allowed four runs, two earned, in one inning.

The Beacons will finish up their Florida trip with a doubleheader Thursday. The squad will play the University of Scranton at 1 p.m. and then St. Joseph College (Conn.) at 3 p.m.