CLERMONT, Fla.—A pair of big innings and a slew of defensive miscues cost UMass Boston a pair of games on Tuesday afternoon at Hancock Park.
SUNY Fredonia 12, UMass Boston 3 (5 Innings)
RPI 8, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 2-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
SUNY Fredonia scored six runs in the bottom of the first and RPI struck for four runs in the top of the fourth to send the Beacons to an 0-2 day. The Beacons defense didn't help their pitchers, as they recorded three errors in both games and made numerous mental mistakes.
Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.), Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) and Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) each tied for the team-high with two hits apiece. Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) added a two-run homer.
The Blue Devils struck for six runs to take control in the bottom of the first, and added four runs in the fourth inning to run past the Beacons.
Fredonia's middle of the lineup (4-5-6) went a combined 7-9 with six RBI and seven runs scored. Seven-hole hitter Emma Isaac added one hit and two RBI.
Katie Yudin earned her third win of the season, by allowing four hits and three earned runs over five innings.
Pawlina and Vento provided all the offense for the Beacons in the contest. Pawlina finished 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Vento added a hit, a run scored and a pair of RBI. Sophomore Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) and Danahy added a hit apiece.
After a scoreless top of the first, the Blue Devil struck for six runs on just three hits. The Blue Devils were aided by a fielder's choice that didn't result in an out, a wild pitch and a Beacons' error.
Fredonia tacked on two more runs in the second to push their lead to 8-0.
UMass Boston got on to the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. Prusmack led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Pawlina put the Beacons on the board with a double to the fence in the center field. UMass Boston cut the deficit to 8-3 one batter later, when Vento blasted a ball over the center field fence.
The Blue Devils put the game away in the bottom of the fourth. Fredonia started the inning with four-straight singles and took advantage of a pair of Beacons' errors to earn the mercy-rule victory.
UMass Boston came out with a much more competitive approach, but the Beacons' couldn't overcome the Engineers four-run fourth inning.
After seeing her team go down 2-0, RPI ace Sarah Harms came on in relief and allowed two hits in 4.1 scoreless innings to earn her fifth win of the season.
Steph Cavallaro paced the Engineers offense by going 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Victoria Greco, Kacie Herity and Veronica DeStefano all had two hits in the win.
Bonilla led the Beacons with two hits in three at bats, while Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) and Vento each scored a run.
Sophomore Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss after allowing five earned runs in seven innings.
After Greenspan stranded a pair of base runners in the top of the first, UMass Boston took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Braga worked an 11-pitch walk to start the inning and then came in to score from first base on a Pawlina bunt single that ended in a throwing error.
The Beacons extended their lead to 2-0 in the third. Vento reached on an error and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt with two outs. Junior Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) followed with a soft single up the middle that wasn't enough to score Vento. RPI decided to throw home anyways and Tulley took second while drawing a throw, allowing Vento to scamper home for a 2-0 lead.
RPI came roaring back with four runs on four hits and an error in the top of the fourth inning.
Maddie Provencher opened the inning with a hard-hit single, before a series of close plays went against the Beacons. The Engineers landed a bunt single just inside the third-base line and RPI tacked on a grounder on the infield in which the Beacons couldn't get an out. With the bases loaded and no outs, Cavallaro singled to cut the deficit to 2-1 and the Engineers tied the game when the Beacons couldn't get an out after the runner from third base was caught in a pickle.
DeStefano gave the Engineers the lead for good with an RBI single and Cam Caswell added and RBI groundout.
The Engineers added a single run in the fifth and pushed their lead out to 8-2 thanks to a 2-run double from Cavallaro and another Beacons error in the top of the seventh.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Vento's home run was the Beacons' first home run of the season. With the home run, Vento moved into a tie for second-place in program history in career home runs.
- The Beacons recorded three errors in their first four games, before registering three errors in both games on Tuesday.
- Tuesday's contest marked the second-ever meeting between the Beacons and Blue Devils (0-2) and first-ever contest against RPI (0-1).
UMass Boston will take on a pair of NESCAC opponents on Wednesday afternoon. The Beacons will take on Trinity College at 2 p.m. and Bowdoin College at 4:30 p.m.