Lyons erase 8-2 deficit in game two to complete sweep
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team rallied from an 8-2 deficit in game two of its non-conference doubleheader against UMass Boston Tuesday evening to sweep the Beacons by scores of 5-3 and 9-8 on at Clark Field.
Wheaton 5, UMass Boston 3
Junior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) went the distance in game one yielding 11 hits, three runs (all earned), no walks and two strikeouts to improve her record to 7-3 overall.
UMass Boston freshman Emily Gray (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) was handed the loss on six innings pitched, 11 hits, five runs (all earned), three walks and one punchout.
The Lyons claimed an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as senior Amanda Drury (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) ripped an RBI single to left field and classmate Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) belted a two-run double to left-center field.
Junior Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) answered for the Beacons in the fourth with a two-run triple to center field to cut the gap to 3-2.
Wheaton freshman Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) got a run back for the Blue and White in the next half inning with a double to left-center field scoring Je. Rocha, who doubled down the left field line in the previous at-bat. Senior Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) plated an insurance run in the sixth with a double to left field.
UMass Boston scratched across a run in the seventh on an RBI single through the left side of the infield from junior Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) to make it 5-3. Baker stymied any further damage in the last half inning stranding runners at first and third with two outs on a fly out to right field to end the game.
Wheaton 9, UMass Boston 8
Freshman Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) earned the win in relief on two innings pitched, three hits, one run (earned), no walks, one strikeout and also scored the game-winning run for the Lyons in the seventh. Sophomore Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) took the no-decision throwing one-and-one-thirds innings, allowing five hits, six runs (five earned) and one free pass.
Classmate Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass./Everett) suffered the loss on six-and-one-thirds innings, nine hits, nine runs (two earned), five walks and two strikeouts.
Trailing 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Wheaton tied the game at 8-8 scoring six runs on six hits, one error and three runners left on base. Freshman Erin Deneen (Framingham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) had an RBI single to left field and classmate Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) drove in a pair of runs on a double down the left field line to decrease the Beacons lead to 8-5.
Hart legged out an infield single to drive in a run and Roy sliced a single up the middle to cut into the deficit at 8-7. Freshman Sara Morrow (Woodstock, Conn./Marianapolis Prep), who led off the inning as a pinch hitter, knocked in the game-tying run with a base knock through the right side of the infield.
The Beacons threatened in the seventh with runners on second and third and one out but Ji. Rocha held the visitors scoreless with a strikeout swinging and a fly out to center field. In the bottom half, Ji. Rocha scored the game-winning run on a sac fly to left field from Deneen after she dislodged the ball from UMass Boston's catcher on a collision at home plate. Ji. Rocha reached third on two consecutive fielding errors to lead off the frame and set up the scoring.
Je. Rocha hit .667 (4-for-6) with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI's to lead the Lyons offensively. Deneen also batted .667 (2-for-3) with one run scored and three RBI's while Ji. Rocha was 2-for-4 at the plate in game two with one run scored.
Wheaton (12-8, 3-1 NEWMAC) hosts Bridgewater State tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader at Clark Field with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. UMass Boston (5-13, 0-2 LEC) travels to Brandeis University for a non-conference twinbill on Thursday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m.