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Late Rally Lifts UMass Lowell Softball Team

April 4, 2019

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Down by two runs heading to the seventh, the UMass Lowell softball team battled back to force extra innings and defeat Bryant, 7-6, in a non-conference road matchup Wednesday.

UML improved to 15-12.

With two outs in the eighth, senior Sydney Barker (Upland, Calif.) drove a two-bagger off the wall in left to score junior Marianne Sparacia (Spring Hill, Fla.) and put her squad in front. Redshirt-junior Casey Harding (Cheshire, Conn.) then followed with a hard-hit infield single for what would be the game-winning RBI.

The outcome marks the team’s third extra-inning victory in just a week. With the decision, the River Hawks extend their win streak to seven games, tying a Division I program record. Five different River Hawks logged two hits, including Harding, who added a team-high two RBI. Senior pitcher Kaysee Talcik (Shelton, Conn.) came out of the bullpen and twirled six strikeouts en route earning the decision.

STORRS, Conn. -- The UMass Lowell baseball team was defeated, 9-4, on the road at No. 22 UConn in non-conference action.

Steven Passatempo (Medford) became the third player in program history to hit 30 or more home runs with his fourth homer of the season for the River Hawks (6-21). Cam Climo (Billerica) drove in two, and six different players recorded a hit.

“Tough conditions out here today with the wind, but I thought we competed a lot better than we did yesterday,” said UML head coach Ken Harring. “Walks are still the key, but I thought Matt Aronson was really good with nothing to show for it as they scored seven unearned on him.”

Climo ripped a two-run double to cut the deficit to 8-4 in the seventh, plating Mark Tumosa (Willington, Conn.) and Ciaran Devenney (Manalapan, N.J.).

LOWELL -- Senior goalkeeper Renee Gonzalez (Long Valley, N.J.) had a career-high and program-record 19 saves against New Hampshire, but the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team lost to the Wildcats, 11-4, at Wicked Blue Field.

UML fell to 3-9, 0-3 America East.

The River Hawks jumped out to a strong start, scoring less than a minute into the game with a goal from Kristina Keith (East Kingston, N.H.), assisted by Cameron McKelvin (Westminster, Md.).

The Wildcats rattled off four-straight goals. Paige MacEachern (Lynnfield) and Kendyl Finelli (Southboro) responded with goals, assisted by Keith and Olivia Massena (Cicero, N.Y.), respectively, but UNH went on another run to close out the first half with three goals. The River Hawks trailed 7-3 at the half.