CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A game two comeback from MIT came up short, as the Cardinal and Gray dropped a pair of games to visiting UMass-Boston in non-conference softball action on Tuesday afternoon at Briggs Field. The two teams combined for 28 hits and 15 runs in the second game but the Engineers were unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the bottom of the sixth, falling, 9-6 to the Beacons to fall to 3-12 overall. UMass-Boston (10-7) took the opener, 6-1, behind seven solid innings by freshman pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.).
Trailing, 9-4, entering the home half of the sixth, Tech loaded the bases thanks to a leadoff single by senior Katie Harrington (Lexington, Ky.) and back-to-back walks. A third walk, drawn by freshman Karly McLaughlin (Edwarsville, Ill.) would plate Harrington, and junior Emily Creedon (Stoneham, Mass.) drove in another run with a two-out single. Creedon represented the tying run at first base but Zullo, who came on in relief, ended the threat with a strikeout of freshman Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.). Harrington reached with another base-hit in the seventh but was retired on a fielder's choice and the game ended on junior Anna Christensen's (Vernon Hills, Ill.) strikeout.
The Beacons built an early, 4-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to Sue Killilea's (Abington, Mass.) bases clearing triple. Tech responded in the bottom of the second with three runs on five hits, aided by three illegal pitches called on UMass-Boston starter, Kara Willis (Burrillville, R.I.), who would bounce back to earn her 10th win of the season.
UMass extended its lead in the fourth inning, loading the bases on a pair of singles and a fielder's choice. Amanda Perry (Worcester, Mass.) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly before Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) plated two more with an RBI single to right. Hemstock picked up another RBI with a double in the top of the sixth to push the visitor's lead to five runs.
Willis worked four innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and two walks for her 10th win. MIT freshman Ellie Fodor (Trenton, Mich.) took the loss, giving up eight runs in four innings while striking out three.
The teams were even through the first five innings of game one, before the Beacons broke things open with five unanswered runs over the final two frames to start off its sweep of the non-conference series.
Killilea's triple was responsible for the first UMass-Boston run in the third. The Cardinal and Gray would score a run of its own in the home half, as senior Nydia Ruleman (Germantown, Tenn.) hit a one-out single, was sacrificed over to second and came home on a base-hit by freshman Jordan Downey (Fairfax, Calif.).
With the score tied at one entering the sixth, UMass-Boston took advantage of some MIT miscues to regain the lead. Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Perra then stole third as Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.) drew a one-out walk. Perra came home on a double-steal that also saw Polsonetti advance to third on an MIT error. Hemstock then picked up one of her four RBI's with a sacrifice fly.
The visitors tacked on four more in the seventh, capped by Perry's three-run homerun, to take game one, 6-1.
Hemstock led the way for the Beacons, going 5-for-7 with four runs batted in and scoring twice. Killilea also drove in four and had a pair of triples.
Tech will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Friday, April 6, traveling to Wheaton College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. UMass-Boston will host Suffolk University on Thursday, April 5 for a single game at 3:00 p.m.