CLERMONT, Fla.—UMass Boston softball saw their losing streak stretch to four on Wednesday, after the Beacons dropped a pair of games against teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) at Hancock Park.
Trinity College (Conn.) 2, UMass Boston 1
Bowdoin College 10, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 2-6)
(Trinity College 3-2)
(Bowdoin College 2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons played one of their most complete games of the season in game one, before struggling against the defending NESCAC East Division Champion.
Freshman Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) provided the Beacons' biggest offensive highlight of the day when she hit her first collegiate home run.
Sophomore pitcher Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) threw 9.2 innings across the two games and allowed just three earned runs.
Trinity College scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead and held off the Beacons for a 2-1 victory.
Greenspan was extremely strong in the contest, allowing just seven hits and two runs, both of which were unearned. She also struck out four, while walking three batters.
At the plate, the Beacons were limited to one double and three singles. Junior Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) recorded a double for her first extra-base hit of the year, while Gaeta had a hit and scored the Beacons' lone run.
Courtney Erickson and Kaitlyn DeCapua each had RBI singles for the Bantams who earned their third-straight victory. Senior Rachael Smith allowed four hits and one walk and was charged with one unearned run.
After Greenspan stranded the bases loaded in the top of the second, UMass Boston scratched across a run in the bottom of the second for their lone lead of the game.
Gaeta singled to right-center with one out and moved up to third base on Tulley's double down the right-field line. The Beacons' next batter hit a hard grounder back to the circle, but the pitchers' throw to the catcher bounced away allowing Gaeta to scamper home.
Trinity finally broke through in the top of the fifth. After an error put Erica Merullo at first with no outs, Merullo stole second and rushed home on an Erickson single up the middle. With two on and one out, Samantha Witmer popped up on the infield but both runners advanced after the Beacons' let the infield fly bounce on the infield dirt. DeCapua followed with a two-out single up the middle to give Trinity a 2-1 edge.
The Beacons put a base runner in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, but couldn't come through a game-tying hit.
Bowdoin College scored nine runs over the course of the first three innings to race past the Beacons in game two.
The Polar Bears struck for five extra-base hits amongst their 15 total hits and scored in four of their five at-bats. Lauren O'Shea led the team by going 1-1 with four RBI and a run scored, while Caroline Rice added two hits and two RBI.
Bowdoin's Kate Hoadley scattered four hits and two earned runs over five innings.
Gaeta had the biggest of the Beacons' four hits, when she blasted a solo home run as part of UMass Boston's two-run top of the fourth. Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) added a hit and a run scored, while Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) tacked on an RBI.
O'Shea gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead just two batters into the bottom of the first, when she belted a home run to left-center field. UMass Boston kept the deficit at 2-0, when they turned an inning-ending double play on a fly ball to right field.
Bowdoin tacked on three more runs on four hits in the second and pushed their lead to 9-0 with four runs in the third.
UMass Boston got on the board in the top of the fourth. Braga led off with an infield single, moved to second on a sac bunt and third on a wild pitch. Vento drove in Braga with an infield groundout and Gaeta followed by crushing a home run over the wall in left field.
The Beacons kept the deficit at seven when the Braga started an inning-ending double play at shortstop.
Bowdoin put the game away in the fifth. The Polar Bears started the inning with a single and then hit back-to-back doubles with one out to push their lead to eight.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons and Polar Bears combined to record four double plays in game two.
- UMass Boston fell to 2-3 all-time against the Bantams and 0-2 against the Polar Bears. Three of the five all-time meetings between Trinity and UMass Boston have been one-run games.
- The Beacons hit just .200 (8-40) on the day with two extra-base hits.
- Gaeta has hit safely in three in a row and four of the past five games.
UMass Boston will close out their Florida trip on Thursday, when they take on Endicott College (4:30 p.m.) and the University of Scranton (7 p.m.) at Legends Way.