CLERMONT, Fla.—Farmingdale State University (4-5) used six two-out runs to hand UMass Boston softball (1-1) their first loss of the season with a 9-1 five-inning mercy-rule defeat Saturday afternoon at the Hancock Field Complex.
Meagan Anderson led the way for the Rams with three hits in four at-bats, a team-high three runs and four RBI. The sophomore catcher crushed a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning to put the game out of reach at 7-1.
Senior Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, N.J.) knocked in the Beacons' lone run of the game, while freshman Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate extra-base hit (a double) and accounted for UMass Boston's lone run.
Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) and Jillian Shepherd (Norwood, Mass.) combined to allow nine hits but just two earned runs in the loss. Shepherd made her collegiate debut in relief, allowing three hits and two unearned runs over 1.1 innings.
Taylor Webb (3-0) led the three-time defending Skyline Conference Championships on the mound with eight strikeouts over five innings. She allowed just four hits and one earned run.
UMass Boston jumped all over Webb early, as Morse lined the seventh pitch she saw into right-center field for a lead-off double. With one out and Morse still stuck on second, Vecchiet roped a single to center-field that allowed Morse just enough time to beat the throw to the plate.
The Rams responded back with a two-out run in the bottom of the first and went on top 3-1 in the second, behind an RBI groundout and a two-out RBI double from Marissa Monaco.
Farmingdale State put the game out of the reach in the bottom of the third when they took advantage of a Beacons' error. With two outs and the bases loaded, Anderson launched a home run over the center-field fence to give the Rams a 7-1 lead.
After the Beacons went 1-2-3 in the top half of the fourth, the Rams put the game away with a pair of runs thanks to three Beacons errors. In all, UMass Boston registered six errors in the contest.
UMass Boston will have Sunday off before taking on Babson College (9 a.m.) and Western New England University (11 a.m.) Monday morning.