Softball Earns A Pair of Walk-Offs To Sweep Castleton

Softball Earns A Pair of Walk-Offs To Sweep Castleton

BOSTON, Mass. – It was a drama filled afternoon for softball as they got back on the winning track thanks to a pair of walk-off wins as they defeated Castleton University 6-5 and 4-3 Thursday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field.

THE BASICS

GM1: UMass Boston 6, Castleton University 5
GM2: UMass Boston 4, Castleton University 3

UMass Boston (4-10)
Castleton University (1-7)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The late game heroics would go to Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) and Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) who each drove in the game-winning run to give UMB their first sweep of the 2018 season.  Dicenso knocked-in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh with a bases loaded RBI single with two outs and an 0-2 count.  Prusmack mirrored her teammates game-winning performance with an RBI single of her own, which plated Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) also with two outs on the scoreboard.

GAME ONE

After each team scored a run in the opening inning, the Spartans to their second lead of the day with a lone run in the top of the third.  They then gained some distance in the fifth inning, when they tacked on three runs.  UMB cut into the Spartans lead in the bottom half of the same inning, thanks to a RBI single bunt by Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.). 

The Beacons would then tack on two more runs in the sixth Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) and Prusmack each driving in a run.  Gaeta's would plate UMB's third run of the day on a Castleton error.  Prusmack then made it a one-run game on an RBI single to left field. 

After shutting down the Spartans in the top of the seventh, UMB picked-up the bats looking for the walk-off. 

Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) started the inning off with an infield single.  Danahy would move the tying run to second on a bunt.  After that, an error by the Spartans would load the bases for UMB.  Gaeta tied the game at 5-5 on a fielder's choice, which plated Bilotta.  Castleton would get their second out on a groundout which moved Gaeta to second, and Roxanne Vento to third.  Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) would then load the bases on a full count walk. 

With the bases loaded, and two strikes against Dicenso, the freshman knocked in the game-winning run on a single, which emptied the Beacons dugout.

Megan Hoben (Bedford, Mass.) improved to 2-2 on the year and allowed just one hit over the final two innings.  Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) went the first five innings for the Beacons and had six strikeouts in another strong outing for the freshman.

GAME TWO

In the nightcap, the Beacons would rally from a 3-0 deficit as they scored four unanswered runs starting in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Braga knocked-in UMB's first run of the contest on an RBI groundout to the shortstop.  Bilotta then made it 3-2 in favor of the Spartans on an RBI double in the same inning.  Danahy closed out the three-run inning with an RBI double of her own.  After a scoreless fifth and sixth innings, UMB would once again prepare for a walk-off in the seventh.

Danahy led-off the frame with a double to left field to immediately put the game-winning run in scoring position.  An intentional walk to Vento would put runners on first and second.  Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) moved her teammates over on a ground out to first base, setting-up what would the Prusmack walk-off single.

Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) collected her second win of the year after allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits.  The sophomore also had seven strikeouts in the complete game victory. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons recorded 12 hits in the game one win, and 10 hits in game two
  • UMB also recorded a total of four doubles, including three in the nightcap
  • In game one, five different players recorded two hits, while Gaeta recorded a pair of RBI
  • Game two saw Danahy finish 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Three other Beacons finished with two hits
  • Today's doubleheader was the first-ever meeting between the two teams
  • Castleton University will officially join the Little East Conference as a full member in the 2018-19 season

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will return to action on Saturday when they host Bridgewater State University for a doubleheader beginning at Noon.  Saturday's originally scheduled game at Western Connecticut State University has been postponed until further notice.