PAWTUCKET, R.I.—After another big week, UMass Boston softball's battery of Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) and Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took home Little East Conference Player and Rookie of the Week honors, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
After earning one Little East Conference Rookie of the Week award en route to LEC Rookie of the Year honors last season, Vento picks up her first career LEC Player of the Week award. Greenspan collected her second accolade in as many weeks, after being tabbed the LEC Pitcher of the Week last Monday.
The pair helped UMass Boston go 4-2 in their final six games in Florida, to wrap up the trip with a program record best 8-2 start. The 8-2 start is the Beacons' best-ever mark for a Spring Break trip and their best 10-game start to a season.
Vento hit .529 (9-of-17) on the week, with an impressive .571 on-base percentage and .882 slugging percentage. In six games, she totaled nine hits, three runs, five RBI and four extra-base hits. Vento had at least one hit in five of six games and recorded an RBI in three games. She also racked up a 1.000 percent fielding percentage while spending time behind the plate, at first base and third base.
Vento opened the week by going 4-for-5 with two runs, one RBI and two doubles in a doubleheader split. She ended the week by keying a pair of UMass Boston late-inning wins. Against MCLA, Vento hit the go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory over the Trailblazer. Just over 24 hours later, she had three hits and blasted her first home run of the season, to key UMass Boston's 7-5, eight-inning victory over Wesleyan University (Conn.).
For the season, Vento ranks second on the Beacons in average (.429), hits (12), RBI (nine) and walks (five), while leading the team with her five extra-base hits and .679 slugging percentage.
Greenspan had an extremely busy week, as she appeared in four games over a three-day span. The freshman went 2-1, with a save in 20.1 innings and posted a 2.07 earned run average. She also struck out 15 batters, while walking just three.
In her four appearances, Greenspan held her opponents to two earned runs or fewer in three contests and blanked Lasell College and Wesleyan in her two trips out of the bullpen. She picked up her first collegiate save on Wednesday, when she allowed just one earned run in three innings of work against the Lasers.
The next day she came on in the second inning with her team trailing 5-1 to Wesleyan. Greenspan stranded a runner on third to get out of a jam in the second and then threw six scoreless innings to help UMass Boston earn a 7-5 comeback victory. In the win, Greenspan allowed just four hits and two walks in 6.1 innings.
Through the first two weeks of the season, Greenspan ranks tied for first in the LEC with her four wins and one save and stands tied for second in the conference with her 29 strikeouts.
UMass Boston is scheduled to play a pair of doubleheaders this week in New England. The Beacons are set to play at Bridgewater State University on Thursday (3/5pm) and at Emmanuel College on Saturday (Noon/2pm).