LOUISVILLE, Ky.—After putting together one of the best seasons in UMass Boston softball history, sophomore catcher Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) New England All-Region Second Team, the NFCA announced Monday night.
The Little East Conference Player of the Year becomes just third Beacon in program history to earn All-Region honors. Beacons legend and assistant coach Sue Kililea ('13) was selected in 2010, 2012 and 2013, while Vento's former teammate Kristina Bove ('16) earned All-Region honors in 2014. Vento joins Kililea (2010 and 2013) as the lone Second Team honorees.
Vento's 2017 campaign was a major reason why the Beacons put together their most successful season in program history. The Beacons won a share of their first-ever Little East Conference Regular Season Title (8-6) and then went on to win the program's first LEC Tournament Title. In the NCAA Tournament, UMass Boston won a pair of elimination games, for their first-ever NCAA Tournament wins and finished as the runner-up in the Springfield Regional.
The sophomore catcher put together a record-breaking season. She set new program records with her 61 hits, 42 runs batted in and 18 doubles in a single-season. Vento also finished tied for first with her 43 games played/started and second for a single-season with her 91 total bases. Additionally, she finished within the top five for a season in batting average (.449 – 3rd), slugging percentage (.669 – 5th), on-base percentage (.503 -5th), at-bats (136 – 4th) and home runs (four – T-4th). She also racked up 24 runs scored and 15 walks.
Defensively, Vento posted the program's first-ever 1.000 percent fielding percentage for a player with a minimum of 65 chances in a season. She registered 158 putouts and 15 assists, with most of her time spent behind the plate. Vento also threw out six of 26 would be base runners, for a 23.1 percent caught stealing percentage.
Vento was at her best during Little East Conference play. She led the conference with a .500 batting average (26-52) and added seven runs scored, 10 doubles and 16 runs batted in. In the LEC Tournament, Vento hit a go-ahead grand slam at Western Connecticut State University and finished with seven RBI in six games.
She carried that momentum over into the NCAA Tournament. Vento hit safely in all four NCAA Tournament games and ended Regionals hitting 6-for-11 with six runs scored and three RBI. On Day 2 of Regionals, Vento scored the game-winning run against Springfield College in a 3-1 win, before hitting a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Salve Regina University 4-2. For her efforts, Vento was named to the Springfield Regional All-Tournament Team.
In just two seasons, Vento has already eclipsed the 100-hit mark (106) and ranks tied for fifth in program history for career home runs (seven), seventh in RBI (67), tied for seventh in doubles (24) and 12th in total bases (153). She also sits third in career batting average (.403), third in on-base percentage (.463) and fourth in slugging percentage (.582).