Softball Season Preview: Beacons Look To Build Upon 2014 Campaign

Softball Season Preview: Beacons Look To Build Upon 2014 Campaign

BOSTON, Mass.—After over a month of five a.m. practices, the 2015 softball team is ready to kick off their season this Sunday, when the Beacons take on the The College of New Jersey at 9 a.m. in Clermont, Florida. 

Under the tutelage of eighth-year head coach Natalia Ardagna, the Beacons return eight regulars and 10 total players from last year's team that finished the season 12-25.

Leading the way for the Beacons, will be senior tri-captains Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.), Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) and Lyndsey Capra (Lowelle, Mass.).

Bove was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All Region Team as a junior, after setting new career-highs in batting average (.396), on-base percentage (.470), slugging percentage (.485), hits (40), runs (14) and runs batted in (16).

Zullo enters her final season looking to go down as the number one pitcher in program history. She needs just two victories (26), nine appearances (72), 22 innings pitched (394.0) and 16 strikeouts (224) to become the program-leader in each category.

Capra will be the starter in center field for a second-straight season, as she looks to lead the Little East Conference in triples (seven) for a second-consecutive year.

The Beacons will also bring back three-fifth of their starting infield in Kaitlyn Morse (Arlington, Mass), Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) and Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.), along with starting pitcher Emily Gray (New Bedford, Mass.).

In addition to their other returners, the Beacons also welcome four new faces to the roster. 

UMass Boston will play eight games in Florida, with live stats available for all games, and audio webcasts available, weather permitting, for half of the Beacons' contests.

The Beacons are scheduled to kick off Little East Conference play on Saturday March 28, when the Beacons host Western Connecticut State University for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.