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UMass Boston baseball and softball update

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Josh Kotler
UMass Boston’s Cole Porter (#20) pitches in the game against Johnson & Wales University on March 22, 2022. Photo by Josh Kotler / Mass Media Staff

Both the UMass Boston men’s baseball team and women’s softball team had quite the busy week this past week. Both teams played four games last week and have another action-packed week coming up this week when the baseball team plays five games in seven days and the softball team plays six games in seven days. With all that being said, let’s take a look at the week in review and what is ahead this week for each team.
Men’s baseball
The UMass Boston baseball team had quite a successful week as they won all four of their matchups. Their first game was on Tuesday against Johnson & Wales University. The Beacons fell behind early in that matchup being down 6–0 in the top of the fifth inning, but seven unanswered runs gave the Beacons the 7–6 win. The Beacons followed that game with another win on Wednesday when they took down Salve Regina University by a whopping score of 14–9.
The Beacons then had a double-header on Saturday against Western Connecticut State University, marking their first two conference games for the season. Their first game on Saturday was an absolute blowout as the Beacons won 9–0. Six different players had RBIs for the Beacons, while Alex Amalfi pitched seven scoreless innings. In their following game, Western Connecticut State University opened up the scoring in the second inning with a two-run home run. The Beacons then responded in the fifth inning with four runs, and again in the sixth inning with two more runs. Due to the rain, the game was ultimately called after the sixth inning and the Beacons took home the victory 6–2.
Women’s softball
After a week off following the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, the Beacons returned home for a double-header on Friday against Bridgewater State University. The Beacons opened up the double-header with an impressive 8–3 win where we saw Brianna Melchionda put together an impressive pitching performance, allowing only one earned run and collecting the win. However, Bridgewater State University flipped the script as they shut down the Beacons 7–0.
The Beacons then had a quick turnaround playing yet another double-header on Saturday against Salve Regina University. Salve Regina University opened the first game scoring a quick two runs in the first inning. However, a triple in the fourth inning from Tam Landry spared a three-run inning to take the lead for the Beacons. Unfortunately, they would follow with a three-run inning to put away the Beacons by a final of 5–4. In the second game of the day, we saw another great start from Melchionda as she once again only allowed one earned run to collect the win 3–1.
The UMass Boston softball team has a very tough week coming up as they will have to endure three double-headers. On Tuesday, the Beacons will take on Suffolk University at home. Then, the Beacons will take a trip out to Wellesley to play a couple of games against Wellesley College. Finally, they will travel to Providence to take on Rhode Island College on Saturday to close out the week.
After a busy week of baseball and softball neither team will be given a break, as each team has another action-packed week coming up. Both the baseball and softball teams are off to great starts to the season, and it will be fun following them throughout the spring.

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Josh Kotler, Photographer