This is the seventh in our Top 12 of 2012 series. Every day for the rest of 2012, we will count down the Top 12 moments/games of the year with each program represented. With two Little East Conference Champions, a handful of wins against nationally ranked teams and several program firsts-2012 was quite the year.
The 2011-12 athletics season was a tremendous year that has often be labeled "The Year of the Freshmen." Every team on campus was loaded with talented freshmen who made an impact from the first day they put on Beacons Blue. Five Beacons freshmen earned the title of Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and dozens more played pivotal parts in their team's successes.
At spot number six in our countdown, we focus on one individual freshman and a key moment in her team's season. While Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) did not earn the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Award or even any recognition from the conference, she put together a record-setting season that few other players in school history can top.
The Beacons every-day catcher crushed the Beacons single-season record and grabbed the career program record with 11 home runs in her first 32 games. She finished with a .681 slugging percentage, the fourth highest single-season total in program history, and added 77 total bases-the second most in a single-season.
But one of the freshman's most historic and eventuful records involved the single-season RBI mark. Perry tore up the team's Florida opponents with 10 RBI in seven games and continued her onslaught in the ensuing weeks.
She entered the final day of the regular-season and the Beacons Senior Day doubleheader needing just two RBI to set the program mark with 36.
After a dissapointing Game One, in which the Beacons fell 10-4, UMass Boston jumped back on the field looking for a better result against Brandeis University in Game Two.
Despite the Judges jumping out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Beacons appeared calm, as the team's four seniors played the final home games of their historic careers.
Trailing by one with two outs to play in the seventh, the Beacons loaded the bases behind an error, a single and a walk to bring Perry to the plate. Perry worked the count full against Melissa Nolan, before lacing a single into the left-center field gap to score Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) and Jaci Goodwin (Melrose, Mass.) to give the Beacons a 3-2 win and send the team dashing from the dugout to home plate.
With the two RBI, Perry set the single-season RBI mark with 36 and sent seniors Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.), Kara Willis (Burrillville, R.I.), Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) and Goodwin home with a victory.
The next week the Beacons went on to play in the Little East Conference Tournament and fell just short against Eastern Connecticut State and Western Connecticut State. With the majority of their roster back and a new group of talented freshman and transfers, the Beacons will look to make an even bigger splash in the postseason in 2013.