Softball Drops LEC Doubleheader Sweep to UMass Boston

Softball Drops LEC Doubleheader Sweep to UMass Boston

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Beacon bats were supported by a 13-inning day from freshman pitcher Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) to secure a Little East Conference sweep of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday. 

The Basics
Scores: UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 3 | UMass Boston 6, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: UMass Boston (16-7, 3-3 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (16-14, 2-4 LEC) 

How it Happened
UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 3
UMass Dartmouth advanced runners to second and third after pulling within two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Greenspan struck out the final batter to preserve her complete-game win. 

The Corsairs dropped 11 hits despite Greenspan fanning seven on the game, led by senior Marissa Spinuzzi's 3-for-4 performance. Freshman Annika Evensen (Lake Forest, Calif.) drove in a pair of runs and juniors Emily Colton (Kingston, Mass.) and Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) laced two hits each.

UMass Boston's Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham, Mass.) generated three hits in four plate appearances and was one of five different Beacons to register an RBI.

In the circle for the Corsairs, Smith escaped an early jam in the second that saw the Beacons load the bases with a trio of hits. The junior ace was able to keep the game scoreless by buckling down to get the last two Beacon hitters for swinging strikeouts. 

UMass Boston broke through for a run apiece in the third and fourth to jump on respective singles by Raczkowski and Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) before pulling further ahead in the fifth. After a leadoff double by Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.), Alyssa Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) smacked her own double to round Vento's pinch-runner Kayla Harris (Cumberland, Maine). An error and Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) sacrifice fly completed the three-run frame. 

Three-straight hits and a Beacon error on a knocker by Evensen in the home half of the sixth allowed two Corsair runs to score. In the seventh, Smith reached based on single in the leadoff spot, and runner Hannah Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored on a Colton single two batters later. Spinuzzi singled next, and both runners advanced on a UMass Boston throwing error, but the Corsairs couldn't close the gap. 

Smith took the loss in the opening four innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Evensen tossed the final three in shutout relief, yielding a single Beacon hit.

UMass Boston 6, UMass Dartmouth 0
Greenspan returned for her second win of the day in the nightcap, receiving solid backup from her offense including a 2-for-3 performance by Vento, who knocked in a pair of runs. 

UMass Dartmouth connected for just three hits on Greenspan and reliever Annie Thomas (Lunenberg, Mass.). Three pitchers split time for the Corsairs, with Evensen closing the game in 3.2 innings, again permitting no runs and just one hit. 

The Beacons' first run scored on a wild pitch in the first, but the visitors added to the total quickly in the second with three tallies on five hits. Mitsiaris, Vento and Ari Billota (Leominster, Mass.) all drove RBI singles to extend the lead. 

With the bases loaded in the fourth, Vento sent a deep sacrifice fly to left field to round Prusmack from third, and Billota was allowed to score on a Corsair error. Sullivan and Spinuzzi laced hits in the bottom of the sixth to help load the bases, but Greenspan's final out of her day was another swinging strikeout. 

Thomas entered in the seventh, and sat the first three UMass Dartmouth batters to complete the shutout. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Spinuzzi extends her hit streak to seven games with four total hits on Saturday afternoon.
  • In 13 total innings, Greenspan allowed just one earned run on 14 hits, walking only one while striking out 10 batters.
  • With no runs allowed on Saturday, Evensen lowers her ERA to 1.73, now sitting third in the LEC standings behind Smith and Plymouth State's Carly Miller.
  • With a runner caught stealing in game two, catcher Gracie Trudeau (Dartmouth, Mass.) remains tied atop the conference with Southern Maine's Courtney Davis.
  • The Beacons extend their win streak over the Corsairs to three-straight games dating back to last season's LEC Tournament.

Up Next
Conference play continues for UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, when the Corsairs travel to Eastern Connecticut for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. UMass Boston hosts Keene State at the same time.