Softball Rallies For Doubleheader Spilt With Seahawks

Softball Rallies For Doubleheader Spilt With Seahawks

NEWPORT, R.I.—Senior Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) capped off a three-hit, four RBI game with a bases-clearing triple, to lift UMass Boston softball to a game two victory in Monday's non-conference doubleheader at Toppa Field.

THE BASICS

Salve Regina 1, UMass Boston 0

UMass Boston 9, Salve Regina 5 (8 Innings)

(UMass Boston 13-3)

(Salve Regina 7-8)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After the Seahawks won a pitcher's duel in the opener, UMass Boston fought back from a 5-3 deficit in the nightcap, to earn a doubleheader split. The loss in the opener marked the Beacons' first loss to a New England side and snapped their five-game winning streak.

Raczowski had a huge day, as she led the Beacons with four hits, four RBI and also belted the Beacons' lone homer of the day. Her home run in game two marked the 11th of her career, which tied Amanda Perry ('12) for first in program history for career home runs.

Freshman Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) proved to be a workhorse for the third-straight doubleheader. She went all 14 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight.

GAME ONE

Game one pitted the reigning Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, Kelsey Boarman, and Greenspan in a classic pitcher's duel.

The two pitchers combined to allow only nine hits and one run, with Salve scratching across the lone run of the game in the bottom of the first.

Greenspan scattered five hits and one walk over six innings, while striking out two.

Boarman was just a step better, as she allowed four hits and one walk and struck out five to move to 6-3.

The Beacons were limited to just four hits in the loss, with Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) recording the lone extra-base hit: a double in the sixth.

Salve's leadoff hitter Francesca Galeazzi was a thorn in the Beacons' side. Galeazzi went 2-for-3 with a run scored and accounted for three of the team's seven stolen bases.

Galeazzi opened the bottom of the first with an infield single, stole second and then stole third. She then came in to score on a wild pitch, with Emily Lombardo moving up to third. Greenspan shut the Seahawks down from there, with a groundout and a double play, as center fielder Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) threw out Lombardo trying to score on a flyout.

After leaving five runners on through the first five innings, UMass Boston had their best chance to score in the sixth. Vento led off the sixth by belting a double that ended up going underneath the wall in left field. Raczkowski followed with a bunt single to push pinch-runner Chaislyn Burgio (Quincy, Mass.) to third with no outs. Boarman bore down from there, as she got three-straight infield groundouts to keep the score 1-0.

UMass Boston would go down 1-2-3 in the seventh, to suffer their third shutout loss of the year.

GAME TWO

Game two was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams giving up two-run leads over the first six innings.

Raczkowski was the game-two hero, as she went 3-for-5 with one run scored and four RBI. With the Beacons already leading 6-5 in the top of the eighth, Raczkowski ripped a triple to right-center to push the lead to 9-5.

Freshman Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Vento and Pawlina each registered two hits, one run and one RBI.

Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) and Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) were the final two Beacons to pick up two hits and Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) scored twice.

Greenspan gutted out her ninth win of the season, as she scattered 13 hits, five runs and four walks over eight innings. 

Salve's Lindsey Florent paced the Seahawks with a 3-for-3 day in the nine-hole, while Amanda Riley, Emily Woznick and Kristen Hickey all finished with two hits and an RBI.

In the circle, Kaleigh Dwyer fell to 1-4 for Salve Regina. She allowed 16 hits, eight runs, seven earned, and three walks in eight innings.

UMass Boston needed just three batters to take the lead in the top of the first. After Braga singled to short and moved up to second on a groundout, Vento blasted a double to left to score Braga. Pawlina followed with an RBI double that plated Vento to make it 2-0.

Salve Regina would counter with a run of their own in the bottom of the first on a single, a stolen base and an RBI single from Riley.

Raczkowski pushed the lead back to two in the third. The senior belted a homer to left with two down to tie the program record. The Seahawks would get a run back in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Salve Regina claimed their first and only lead of the game in the fifth inning. The Seahawks used five hits, one error, one walk, and a hit by pitch to take a 5-3 lead.

Riley led off the inning with a hit by pitch and raced all the way home on a Woznick RBI double. After a single and an error, Hickey gave Salve the lead with an RBI single. Greenspan induced a double-play to put two outs on the scoreboard and a runner on first, but Salve wasn't going down easy.

Two more singles loaded the bases and Galeazzi worked a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-3. Greenspan got Lombardo to strike out with the bases-loaded-to keep the game within reach.

UMass Boston immediately answered back in the top of the sixth. The Beacons loaded the bases up with no outs and Bilotta, who came on as a pinch-hitter, rocketed a two-run double to left to plate Pawlina and Tulley. Unfortunately the Beacons would start a negative trend from there, as they recorded three-straight outs with the bases loaded, to leave the bases loaded for the first of three-straight innings.

The Beacons wrestled the lead back in the eighth. Braga started on second due to the international softball rules and scored on a Salve error, when the first baseman dropped a throw.

UMass Boston recorded back-to-back singles to load the bases for Raczkowski. The senior promptly hit a booming ball over the right-center wall to score three. It would have been her program record homer, but Raczkowski passed a runner and was thus ruled out. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Greenspan retired the first two batters and then recorded a strikeout with two runners on.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston improved to 2-0 in extra-innings games and recorded their eighth comeback win of the season.
  • With the split, UMass Boston trails in the all-time series 6-4 against Salve Regina. The Seahawks had won six in a row against the Beacons, prior to Monday's nightcap.
  • The Beacons committed just one error on the day and did not post an error in game one. Game one marked the fourth time UMass Boston hadn't committed an error in game this season.
  • UMass Boston left 17 runners on base on the day, while Salve Regina finished with 19 left on base.
  • Salve Regina stole nine bases on 10 attempts. The Seahawks entered the day having stole 45 bases in 50 attempts.

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will open their Little East Conference slate and their home schedule on Wednesday. The Beacons will host Plymouth State for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.