Bennett Tosses Three Hitter In Win Against Salve Regina
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Junior third baseman Alli Saul (Bridgeton, N.J. / Cumberland Regional) knocked in four total runs as the Washington College softball team split a pair of games played on Field 2 at Fortune Road at THE Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Washington started the day with a 9-7 loss to UMASS Boston before rebounding with a 4-1 win over Salve Regina.
UMASS Boston 9, Washington College 7
How It Happened
- The Beacons got on the board in the bottom of the first on an RBI single to left from Roxanne Vento which scored Gigi Braga from second base. Alyssa Tulley pushed the lead to 2-0 on a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Giovanna Bonilla. The lead grew to 3-0 when Vento scored on a passed ball.
- UMASS Boston grew the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the second when Vento tripled to the fence in right field, bringing home Braga and Bonilla. Vento then scored on a groundout to second base from Kelly Danahy to extend the lead to 6-0.
- The Shorewomen took advantage of a two out error to score five unearned runs in the top of the third. Washington got on the board when Alyssa Vieira scored with the bases loaded on a two out throwing error on a ball hit to third by Chrissy Segrest. Rachel Butler then followed with a ground rule double to left center field, bringing home Leah Stokes and Rachel DiMarcello to cut the lead to 6-3. Saul followed with a two run single up the middle which scored Segrest and Butler to make it a 6-5 game.
- Washington tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fourth when Grace Moery scored on a two out wild pitch.
- UMASS Boston took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth when Bonilla scored on a two out fielding error to make it a 7-6 game.
- The Beacons pushed the lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Pawlina delivered a pinch hit singled into right field, scoring Britney Perkett. Braga then grounded out to third base, scoring Kierra Prusmack to put UMASS Boston ahead 9-6.
- The Shorewomen cut the lead to 9-7 in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to short from Butler, as Megan Robbins hustled home on the play to cap the scoring.
For the Shorewomen (3-9)
- Hitting: Butler (double, three RBI's, run), Saul (hit, two RBI's), Robbins (double, run), DiMarcello (hit, walk, run), Stokes (hit, walk, run), Vieira (hit, run), Segrest (hit, run), Moery (hit, run).
- Pitching: Maddie Bennett (1.1 innings, two hits, five runs, four earned, five walks, one strikeout), Butler (loss, 2-4, 4.2 innings, seven hits, four runs, three earned, one walk, zero strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen had nine hits in the loss, drew two walks, and left six runners on base.
- Washington committed one error, leading to two unearned runs for the Beacons.
For Massachusetts Boston (5-5)
- Hitting: Vento (3-for-4, triple, three RBI's, two runs), Bonilla (hit, three walks, three runs), Braga (hit, RBI, walk, two runs), Danahy (hit, walk, RBI), Pawlina (hit, RBI), Perkett (run), Prusmack (hit, run), Tulley (RBI).
- Pitching: Jess Greenspan (win, 3-2, seven innings, nine hits, seven runs, two earned, two walks, five strikeouts).
- The Beacons had nine hits in the win, drew six walks, and left seven runners on base.
- Massachusetts Boston committed three errors, leading to five unearned Shorewomen runs.
- Butler was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player Of The Game on the webcast of the game for the sixth time in her career.
- Vieira and Stokes each extended their hitting streaks to six games.
Washiongton College 4, Salve Regina 1
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen batted around and struck for four early runs in the bottom of the first. Caroline Braungard drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Vieira to make it 1-0. The next batter, Bennett, was hit by a pitch, forcing in DiMarcello to push the lead to 2-0. Saul then ripped a two run single into left field, scoring Braungard and Robbins to give Washington a 4-0 lead.
- The Seahawks got runners on the corners in the top of the third, but did not score.
- Washington pinch runner Julia Hallman reached third base with two away in the bottom of the fifth, but would not score.
- Salve Regina got on the board in the top of the sixth with two away when Amanda Riley singled up the middle, scoring Lindsey Florent from second base to cut the lead to 4-1.
- The Shorewomen loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but would not score.
For the Shorewomen (4-9)
- Hitting: Saul (hit, two RBI's), Vieira (2-for-4, run), Braungard (RBI, walk, run), Bennett (RBI, walk), DiMarcello (hit, run), Robbins (two walks, run).
- Pitching: Bennett (win, 2-4, seven innings, three hits, one run, one walk, three strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen had six hits in the win, drew five walks, and left nine runners on base.
- Washington played a clean game defensively, committing zero errors.
For Salve Regina (3-5)
- Hitting: Riley (hit, RBI), Florent (hit, run).
- Pitching: Julia Coute (loss, 0-2, 1/3 innings, three hits, four runs, two walks, zero strikeouts), Andi Nelson (4.2 innings, three hits, zero runs, two walks, four strikeouts), Courtney Latta (one inning, zero hits, zero runs, one walk, two strikeouts).
- The Seahawks had three hits in the loss, drew one walk, and left three runners on base.
- Salve Regina committed one error, but it did not lead to an unearned run for the Shorewomen.
- A leadoff single in the bottom of the first extended Vieira's hitting streak to seven games.
- Stokes' six game hitting streak was snapped, but a walk in the bottom of the sixth inning pushed her streak of reaching base safely to 10 consecutive games. She has reached base safely in all but one of the Shorewomen's 13 games played this season.
Up Next for the Shorewomen
3/15 v. Keene State - 9:15 a.m. (THE Spring Games - Kissimmee, Florida)
3/15 v. St. Joseph's (L.I.) - 11:30 a.m. (THE Spring Games - Kissimmee, Florida)
- The Shorewomen will face off with Keene State and St. Joseph's (L.I.) for the first time.
- Final day of competition for the Shorewomen in Florida.