EAST BOSTON – For the second time this season, the Suffolk softball team put up 20-plus runs in the nightcap of a GNAC doubleheader as the Rams cruised past Regis, 21-6, to cap off the conference series at East Boston Memorial Park Wednesday night.
SCORE: Suffolk 21, Regis 6
RECORDS: Suffolk (14-6, 7-1 GNAC) | Regis (4-12, 0-8 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Regis chucked the bags in the top of the first but could not turn its base runners into runs as Suffolk's defense backed up Payton Sylvester in the circle to keep zeros on the scoreboard. The Pride responded with a three-up, three-down inning to hold the blue-and-gold scoreless after one.
Things dramatically changed in the home half of the second as Suffolk totaled 11 runs punctuated by a three-RBI homer from Ashley Zulla.
The Rams kept the scoring frenzy going in the bottom of the third as eight runs came in to stretch the hosts advantage to 19-0. Ali Yamakaitis got the scoring going with an RBI single, while Grace Boehler's two-RBI double wrapped up the rally.
With Hannah DelCervo coming in to deal, the Pride took advantage of the fresh arm and scored six runs to make a small dent in the margin, 19-6.
Zulla responded for the Rams with a solo shot before Boehler brought in her third run of the night to regain a 21-6 lead for Suffolk.
DelCervo served up three strikeouts and let up just one base runner on a single in the fifth frame to secure the hefty 21-6 league triumph for the Rams.
- Payton Sylvester improved to 5-3 on the season thanks to 3.0 scoreless innings. The freshman allowed five hits and one walk and fanned five batters.
- DelCervo twirled 2.0 innings of relief. The junior gave up six runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts, all in the same frame.
- Regis' starter Allie Petillo suffered the setback in just 1.0 inning, which saw eight runs on five hits and two walks.
- Alyssa Rossillo came out of the pen for the Pride, giving up 13 runs on 16 hits and three walks over the final 3.0 innings.
- Zulla stayed hot at the plate in the nightcap as she recorded hits in each of her three plate appearances including two jacks for four RBI and three runs scored.
- Rookies Boehler and Kelly Keane also went 3-for-3. Boehler, who doubled twice, plated three runs and scored two herself, while Keane had two RBI and three runs scored.
- Delaney Sylvester joined the trio with three hits as the senior catcher went 3-for-4, taking her final AB of the night lefty. She collected two RBI and scored three times as well.
- Madison Eucalitto (2-4, 3 RBI, 1 R)and Jaclyn Flint (2-3, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 2B) also had multi-hit performances with two apiece.
- Suffolk swept Regis in its first-ever GNAC doubleheader.
- The Rams win cuts the Pride's all-time series lead in half, 10-5.
- Suffolk scored the most runs versus Regis in the all-time series.
- The Rams swept their first-ever double feature with the Pride.
- Suffolk run-ruled the Pride for the second time in the all-time series and second straight contest.
- Suffolk won its third consecutive contest against the Pride for the first-time in in the all-time series.
- The Rams remain unbeaten versus Regis under Jaclyn Davis' guidance.
- Zulla, who has reached base successfully in her last eight at plates with six hits and two walks, put two balls out of the park in the same game for the first time in her collegiate career.
- Zulla matched a career-high three hits.
- Keane had personal-bests in hits (2) and RBI (3).
- Eucalitto matched a season-high two hits to notched a season-best three RBI.
- McKenzie McGrath matched a career-best two RBI.
- Delaney Sylvester recorded a season-high three hits.
- Yamakaitis kept her 1.000 season batting average intact. In both of her plate appearances this year, the senior RHP brought in one run.
- Flint matched season-highs in RBI (3) and runs scored (3).
- Boehler tallied a career-best two doubles and matched a personal-high in hits with three.
- DelCervo matched a personal-high three strikeouts.
Suffolk continues its homestand tomorrow, Thursday, April 12 with a two-game series versus Rivier.