Catania and Dicenso Lead Softball Past Wheaton In Extra-Inning Thriller

Catania and Dicenso Lead Softball Past Wheaton In Extra-Inning Thriller

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Freshman Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) allowed just one earned run over 10 innings and Tori Dicenso (Lynn, Mass.) delivered a huge 2-run double, to help softball snap a three-game losing streak on Day 3 of their Florida Trip.

THE BASICS

William Paterson U. (N.J.) 5, UMass Boston 0

UMass Boston 7, Wheaton College (Mass.) 5 (10 Innings)

(UMass Boston 3-3)

(William Paterson 4-1)

(Wheaton 4-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After being shutout in game 1 of the day, the Beacons earned a thrilling, extra-inning win in their first matchup of the season against a fellow New England side.

Catania scattered nine hits and four walks over 10 innings to earn her second win of the season. In game one, Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) became the third pitcher in program history to record 200 career strikeouts.

GAME ONE RECAP

William Paterson's Caitlyn Massaro limited the Beacons to seven hits and hit a two-run, go-ahead home run to lead the Pioneers past the Beacons.

Massaro allowed just seven hits and no runs, while striking out two. She also finished 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI.

On the Beacons side, Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) and Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) each finished 2-for-3.

In the circle, Greenspan was charged with 10 hits and four earned runs over seven innings. Her fifth and final strikeout of the day helped her reach the 200-strikeout milestone.

William Paterson did all of their damage in the first three innings. Massaro made it 2-0 in the first, while the Pioneers added a single run in the second and two more in the third.

UMass Boston had their best chance to score in the bottom of the fourth. The Beacons put the leadoff runner on an error, but the next batter popped up for a double play. Sarah Harlinski (Sturbridge, Mass.) and Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) followed with back-to-back singles, before Massaro induced a groundout to third.

GAME TWO RECAP

Catania and Wheaton's Shelbi Wilson matched each other for the first nine innings, before Dicenso came through with the big hit for the Beacons.

Catania allowed nine hits, four walks and just one earned run over 10 innings. The freshman pitcher added two strikeouts to move to 2-0 on the year.

Wilson was just as good for the Lyons, as she scattered 11 hits and two walks, while allowing seven unearned runs. The senior struck out nine and saw her season ERA fall to 0.28, but she still suffered her first loss of the season.

Dicenso was one of the three Beacons to recorded multiple hits. The sophomore went 2-5 with two RBI, including the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning.

Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) added two hits and an RBI, while Bonilla tacked on two hits and a run scored of her own.

Wheaton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when they scored a single run in both the third and fourth innings.

The Beacons tied the game up in the top of the fifth inning. Bonilla reached on an error and moved to third on a Harlinski single. With both runners in scoring position, Bonilla scored on a passed ball and Danahy followed with an RBI single to plate Harlinski.

Wheaton put the go-ahead run in scoring positon in the fifth and sixth innings, but Catania induced a fly out to end both threats.

The Beacons took the lead in the eighth, when Alley Diaute (Braintree, Mass.) drove in Danahy with an RBI single. Wheaton answered in the bottom of the inning when pinch-runner Lilly Laganiere beat a throw home on an infield grounder.

UMass Boston claimed a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, with Vento driving in Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) on a one-out single. Emily Schlapak answered back for the Lyons in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single of her own.

The Beacons finally blew the game wide-open in the 10th. With Danahy on second to start the inning, Geicy Peña (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) reached on an error and stole second with one out. Dicenso followed with a ground-rule double to score both runners. After a groundout moved Dicenso to third, Braga reached on an error to drive in Dicenso.

Wheaton scored a single run in the bottom of the inning, but they couldn't rally further, as Catania retired all three batters she faced.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons have now won three-straight, extra-inning games and four of their last five over the past two seasons.
  • Greenspan ranks third in program history in career strikeouts. Michelle Zullo ('15) and Kara Willis ('12) rank first and second with 253 and 223 strikeouts respectively.
  • Dicenso's ground-rule double was the Beacons second extra-base hit in six games this year. It marked the Beacons first double since the top of the fifth inning in the Beacons' opener.
  • Bonilla finished 4-8 on the day and she is now hitting a team-best .500 (9-18).
  • With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-3 all-time against Wheaton and handed the Lyons their first loss of the season. William Paterson improved to 2-0 all-time against the Beacons.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will take on Swarthmore College (Pa.) and the Universsity of New England on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.