BOSTON, Mass.—Junior Alyssa Tulley's walk-off single in the ninth inning of game one, helped UMass Boston softball secure a split with visiting Lesley University Thursday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field.
UMass Boston 6, Lesley University 5 (9 innings)
Lesley University 10, UMass Boston 1 (5 Innings)
(UMass Boston 9-15)
(Lesley University 11-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After trailing by as many as five runs in the sixth inning of game one, UMass Boston mounted a massive rally to earn their biggest comeback win of the season.
The Beacons tied the game in the sixth and then held on until the ninth, when Tulley drove a line drive single off the top of the third baseman's glove and into left field. The single drove in Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) and gave UMass Boston their third walk-off win at home in eight home games.
Sophomore Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) had the best day of any Beacon. Prusmack finished 4-5 with a run scored, two walks and her first two stolen bases of the season.
UMass Boston used a huge five-run sixth inning and strong defense to earn a massive comeback win in game one.
Prusmack led the Beacons with three hits and a run scored, while fellow sophomore Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) chipped in two hits an RBI.
Freshman Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) added a double, a run scored and an RBI.
The Beacons were limited to eight hits in the win, but also worked five walks-four of which came with the bases loaded.
Freshman Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.) picked up her second collegiate win in her longest career outing. She went all nine innings and scattered 10 hits and seven walks, while giving up five runs (four earned).
Ashleigh Acker finished 3-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a home run for the visiting Lynx. Kristen DiCicco tacked on two hits and two RBI and Jordan Raab scored two runs.
Freshman starter Jordan Day cruised through the first five innings, before running into some serious trouble in the sixth. She ended her outing having thrown 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and five walks. Fellow freshman Tallin Goldberg was the tough luck loser, after allowing two hits and an unearned run in three innings of work.
After three scoreless innings to begin the game, Lesley struck for an unearned run on a throwing error by Washington in the top of the fourth.
The Lynx pushed their edge to 4-0 in the top of the fifth. Day helped herself with an RBI single, but the the Beacons threw behind the second runner to get a key out at second. Two batters later, DiCicco blasted a double to the wall in center to score two runs.
UMass Boston loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but Day caught a line drive back to the circle and doubled off the runner at third base for the second and third outs.
Acker made it a 5-0 game in the sixth when she belted a home run just over the left-field fence.
The Beacons scratched and claw their way all the way back in the sixth. Tulley opened the inning with a walk and raced all the way home on Dicenso's RBI double to the left field wall. Prusmack followed with a bunt single and Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
From there Day totally lost the strike zone. She walked Washington, Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) and Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) in a row to cut the deficit to 5-4. After getting the next batter, Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) walked to tie the game.
Lesley finally brought in Goldberg with the game tied and the bases loaded. She induced a fielder's choice that got the lead runner and a strikeout looking to keep the score tied.
The Lynx put the go-ahead run on third base in each of the next three innings but Washington worked around trouble. In the seventh, Washington gave up a lead-off double, but recorded a pair of foul outs and a line out to end the inning.
UMass Boston had their best chance to win in the eighth. Washington opened the inning second and moved to third on a Braga bunt single. Bilotta rocketed the next pitch right at third baseman, who snared the line drive and stepped on third to end the jam.
In the ninth, Vento started at second base and moved to third on a Pawlina sacrifice bunt. Tulley followed by ripping a liner off the top of the third baseman's glove for a walk-off win.
Day did it all for the Lynx, who scored 10 runs over the final four innings, to earn a doubleheader split. .
Day allowed just one hit and one run over 4.1 innings, while striking out six and walking six. Goldberg came on to record the final two outs, as the Lynx snapped a five-game losing streak.
Day was even more impressive at the plate. She finished 2-3 with one run scored, four RBI and two doubles. Riley Pickett added two hits and two runs scored, while leadoff hitter Courtney Goggin chipped in two RBI.
Prusmack registered the Beacons' lone hit and joined Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) by working two walks.
In the circle, Megan Hoben (Bedford, Mass.) took the loss after allowing 10 hits and nine earned runs across five innings.
The Lynx put the game away in the top of the second inning. Lesley scored six runs on five hits in the inning, but the damage could have been limited to just two runs. UMass Boston nearly caught a popped up bunt that went for a single and the Beacons tried to get the lead runner at home on a bang-bang play that saw the runner score.
Day tacked on a two-run double as part of a three-run fifth and Goggin added an RBI groundout in the sixth.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improved to 3-5 all-time against the Lynx with the split. The two teams were playing for the first time since 2008.
- The Beacons committed just two errors on the day (both throwing) and played strong defense in both contests.
- Prusmack stole her first two bases of the season, after going 12-14 on the base paths as a freshman.
- Freshman Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) sat out her first doubleheader of the season. The Beacons' top hitter in terms of batting average had missed just one of UMass Boston's first 22 games.
- The nine-inning game one was UMass Boston's first extra-inning game of the season. The last Beacons game to go nine innings was last year's Little East Conference Tournament opener, a 9-8 road win over Western Connecticut State University.
UMass Boston will head to Connecticut for a busy LEC weekend. The Beacons will take on Eastern Connecticut State University for a doubleheader on Saturday (1/3pm) and then take on Western Connecticut State University on Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.