Greenspan and Catania Combine To Pitch Softball Past Rams

Greenspan and Catania Combine To Pitch Softball Past Rams

BOSTON, Mass.—Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Hayley Catania (Amesbury, Mass.) put together a pair of dominant pitching performances, to lead UMass Boston softball to a sweep of Framingham State University on Thursday afternoon. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 8, Framingham State 0 (6 Innings) 

UMass Boston 5, Framingham State 1 

(UMass Boston 14-9) 

(Framingham State 7-11) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons two pitchers held the Rams off the board for the first 13 innings of Thursday's doubleheader and combined to allow just five hits, five walks and one run. 

Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) and Roxanne Vento (Arlington, Mass.) paced the offense with three RBI apiece, as the Beacons earned their second-straight home doubleheader sweep. 

GAME ONE RECAP  

UMass Boston scored in four of the six innings, including four runs in the fourth, to earn a mercy-rule victory over Framingham State. 

In the circle, Greenspan added to her program-record total in shutouts (eight) by scattering five hits and three walks over six innings. The junior also struck out two to earn her 10th win of the season. 

Framingham State ace Kelsi Gunarathne took the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) and eight hits over four innings. 

Vento went 2-3 with three RBI and a walk. Danahy tacked on one hit and two RBI and Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) registered three runs scored and two hits. 

Mycala Moody recorded two of Framingham State's five singles in the contest. 

UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead just three batters into the bottom of the first. Braga reached on an infield single, took second on a wild pitch and raced home from second on a Vento single up the middle. 

The Beacons tacked on two more runs in the third. Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) led off with a single and Braga added a single of her own. With one down, Vento rocketed a triple through the right side that rolled all the way to the wall and easily plated both runners. 

UMass Boston put the game away in the fourth. Sarah Harlinski (Sturbridge, Mass.) opened the frame with a single and took second on a fielder's choice when the Rams threw the ball away. After a double steal moved both runners up, Giovanna Bonilla (Queens, N.Y.) plated Harlinski and Braga raced home on another error. Bonilla came home on the next batter on a wild pitch and Danahy capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly that plated Alley Diaute (Braintree, Mass.). 

Framingham State loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but Greenspan struck out the pinch hitter to get out of a jam. 

The Beacons closed out the game a half-inning early thanks to a two-out rally. Ari Bilotta (Leominster, Mass.) roped a two-out double down the left-field line and then easily scored on Danahy's RBI single up the middle. 

GAME TWO RECAP 

Catania put together one of, if not the best game of her young collegiate career, and the Beacons scored four runs in the sixth inning to knock off the Rams. 

The Beacons freshman righty gave up a one-out single in the top of the first and then retired 16-straight batters. Overall, Catania allowed just two hits and two walks, along with one earned run. She tacked on one strikeout to even her record at 4-4 overall. 

Eight different Beacons recorded a hit in the contest, with Cassidy Gaeta (North Reading, Mass.), Danahy and Bilotta all finishing with a hit and an RBI. 

Framingham State's Grace Caughey took the loss after giving up seven hits and four earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched. Farrah Adam recorded a hit and an RBI, while Moody tacked on the other Rams hit. 

Moody recorded a one-out single in the top of the first, but was erased on a sharply hit ground ball to shortstop that Braga turned into an inning-ending, double-play ball. 

The Beacons took advantage of their chance to score in the bottom of the inning. Braga walked and moved to second on a Bonilla single. After a fielder's choice erased the lead runner, Bonilla and Vento executed a double steal to put both runners in scoring position. Bilotta came through with an RBI groundout that plated Bonilla to make it 1-0 Beacons. 

The game would stay at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to strong defense and pitching from both sides. 

Catania set the Rams down in order from the second inning through the sixth thanks to several running catches from Kiera Prusmack (Houston, Texas) and Drew Washington (Bordentown, N.J.).  

UMass Boston finally got some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Vento singled with one down and Bilotta followed with a single of her own. Danahy brought home Harlinski, who came on as a pinch runner, with an RBI single to center field. Gaeta followed with an RBI single of her own. 

After a pitching change, Britney Perkett (Pittsfield, Mass.) singled to load the bases. With two outs, A. Diaute worked a bases loaded walk to score her sister Gigi Diaute (Braintree, Mass.). Perkett came home three pitchers later on a wild pitch that got back to the back stop. 

Framingham State finally ended Catania's remarkable run in the seventh. Camille Desrochers worked a leadoff walk and moved to second with two outs on a groundout. Adam broke up the shutout bid with a single through the right side, but Catania settled down and induced a groundout back to the circle to close it out. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Thursday's doubleheader was a rematch of last year's MIT NCAA Regional Tournament. The Rams ended the Beacons season with an 8-4 loss in the fourth game of the regional. 
  • Greenspan has allowed just one run over her last three appearances. In 20 total innings, she has allowed one run, 15 hits and four walks, while striking out 12. 
  • Vento and Greenspan are both closing in on the program record for career appearances. Vento needs two more games played to tie Kaitlyn Morse ('17) for the program record for career appearances (151). Greenspan is just one appearance shy of tying Michelle Zullo ('15) for the most games pitched in program history (79) and needs just 3.2 innings to tie Zullo's career record for innings pitched (457.0). 
  • UMass Boston did not commit an error on the day and have not allowed an error in three-straight home games. 
  • With the sweep, UMass Boston improves to 22-17 all-time against the Rams. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to Little East Conference Preseason Favorite Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon for a 1 and 3 p.m. doubleheader.