Softball Swept By Salve Regina, Zullo Sets Program Mark For Career Strikeouts

Softball Swept By Salve Regina, Zullo Sets Program Mark For Career Strikeouts

NEWPORT, R.I.—Salve Regina University's (9-9) Nicole Parry and Kelsey Boarman limited UMass Boston (1-11) to three runs and seven hits over a pair of games, to help the host Seahawks earn a non-conference doubleheader sweep Monday afternoon.

Parry allowed just one hit and no runs in the Seahawks 5-0 game one victory, while Boarman picked up the win in Salve Regina's 5-3 game two victory.

Sophomore catcher Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) crushed her first home run of the season and finished tied for the team-high with her two hits on the day. Seniors Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) also registered two hits apiece.

In the circle, freshman Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass.) and Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) both enjoyed one of their most successful outings of the spring.

Game One: Salve Regina 5, UMass Boston 0

Parry was the story in game one, as the First Team All-Conference pitcher allowed just one hit and four walks over seven innings. The senior did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth, when Capra laced a single into left field. For the game, Parry struck out a 10 batters, which was one shy of her season-high.

While Parry was shutting down the Beacons' offense, Wyse kept the Beacons in the game by allowing just two runs through the first five innings.

In the end, the freshman took the loss, after giving up eight hits, two walks and five earned runs. She tied her career-high with four strikeouts in the contest and also went a career-high six innings.

Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) stole a career-high three bases in the loss, after reaching on a walk and an error.

After three scoreless innings, Salve Regina struck for two runs in the fourth inning on three hits. Lexi Soucie ripped an RBI double to give make it 1-0 and Skye Hart followed with a two-out RBI single to make it 2-0.

Hart added a two-run triple to the wall in center field in the sixth inning, and she later came in to score when Taylor Parry drove her in with an RBI groundout.

Game Two: Salve Regina 5, UMass Boston 3

Game two proved to be much closer, as the Beacons scratched across three runs against Boarman.

Raczkowski accounted for the majority of UMass Boston's offense, as she finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. The sophomore catcher not only hit her fifth collegiate home run, but she also added her sixth double of the season. 

Morrison also chipped in with two hits in the loss, while Capra and Haley Dutton (Milton, Mass.) recorded the final two hits for UMass Boston.

In the circle, Zullo threw her best outing since opening day, as the senior scattered seven hits and no walks and allowed just two earned runs over six innings.

She also struck out a season-high six batters to move into first-place in program history with her 228 career strikeouts. With her second strikeout of the game, she passed former teammate Kara Willis ('12) for first all-time in program history. With her fourth complete game of the season, Zullo tied Willis for the program record for career complete games with 52.  

Boarman improved to 4-4 with the win, as she allowed six hits, one walk and three earned runs over seven innings. The sophomore also notched seven strikeouts for the second-straight outing.

Salve Regina struck for three unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning, with all three coming in with two outs. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, both runners came in on an error to make it 2-0. The next batter also reached on an error, allowing the lone base runner to score, to make it 3-0 in favor of the hosts.

UMass Boston answered right back, as Dutton reached on a bunt single and Raczkowski followed with her first round-tripper of the 2015 season.

Both pitchers put up a pair of 0's over the next two frames, before Salve Regina put the game out of reach in the fifth.

After three-straight singles to open the inning, Julia Bowman doubled to center field to make it 5-2. Zullo settled down from there and got the next three outs, without allowing another run to score.

The Beacons put two runners in scoring position with just one out in the top of the sixth, but they would be held to just one run. Capra drove in Hemstock with an RBI groundout and Boarman induced an inning-ending flyout to keep the score at 5-3.

Boarman would put the Beacons down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning, to help Salve Regina even the all-time series at 3-3.

UMass Boston will host Curry College on Tuesday at 3 pm in the Beacons' long-awaited home opener.