Softball Wins Fourth Straight with 8-1 Decision over Suffolk

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by seven strong innings from senior Kara Willis (Burrillville, R.I.), softball recorded their fourth straight win as they defeated Suffolk University by the final of 8-1 in a single game at the UMass Boston Softball Field Thursday afternoon.

Willis, who now stands at 5-4 on the year with the win, retired five batters and surrendered just four hits.  The lone run scored by the Rams was unearned in the top of the 3rd inning.  The righty did not walk any of the 29 batters that she faced.

At the plate it was freshman Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) who had another big afternoon for the Beacons.  The power hitter crushed her seventh home run of the season in the win as she finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Senior shortstop Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) also swung a hot bat in Thursday's non-conference game as she went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, a RBI, and three runs scored.

 Freshman Amanda Perry crushed her
 seventh home run of the season in
 the 8-1 win over Suffolk 
 (photo by Tori Pizzuto '14)

As a team the Beacons combined for 11 hits and were 3-for-4 on stolen base attempts.  Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.) recorded the third double of the game for UMass Boston and led the defense with six putouts and one assist. 

Nicole Rosa recorded the lone extra base hit for the Rams and was also the team's only run scored as well.  Alicia Gonnella, Nikki Cignarella, and Samantha McGilvray each went 1-for-3.  Gonnella got the start for Suffolk and through four complete innings allowed eight runs, six earned, on nine hits. She also walked one and struck out five.  Sarah Chasse closed out the final two frames and allowed just two hits while striking out three.

The Beacons got off to a great start in the first inning as put-up four early runs to take control of the contest.  Killilea drove in the game's first run on her first double which was just crushed to deep left center field.  Perry would then put the first pitch she saw over the left field fence to quickly make it a 3-0 ball game.  The final run touched home plate on a Toni Scola (Worcester, Mass.) sac-fly to left field.

In the second inning the Beacons made it 5-0 after Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) scored Killilea on the game's second sacrifice fly.  After the lone Suffolk run in the third, UMass secured the victory in the fourth with three more runs to make it a seven-run game.  Killilea put-up her third extra base hit of the game, a double, in the frame while Perry drove home two runs as well as making it around the bases herself on back-to-back errors following her single to left field. 

With the comfortable lead in her favor Willis just cruised through the final 10 batters to secure the victory for the Beacons.  The only player to reach base was on a hit-by-pitch in the top of the seventh.

Softball returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Rhode Island College for 1 p.m. doubleheader.