Wild Wins for UML Baseball, Softball
WEST HARTFORD -- After a 30-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th inning, the UMass Lowell baseball team scored four times to knock off Hartford, 5-3, in the series opener on Friday.
Cam Climo of Billerica capped the decisive inning with his second home run of the day, sending a 2-2 offering over the fence to left center, plating Oscar Marchena, whose two-run double broke a 1-1 deadlock and put the River Hawks (7-9, 12-31) in front for good.
“What an awesome win for the guys,” commented UML coach Ken Harring. “Nick Rand and Joshua Becker were both phenomenal out there on the mound. Oscar delivered that huge double and for Climo to get going with two home runs was great to see. It’s a huge win.”
Nick Rand limited Hartford to one hit through 8.1 innings and catcher Ciaran Devenney threw out all three runners that attempted to steal on the day. With the bases loaded in the ninth, Joshua Becker (Burlington) recorded strikeouts for the final two outs and got through the 10th to pick up the win.
Rizzi’s HR lifts River Hawks
LOWELL -- Junior Christina Rizzi ripped her first career home run in the bottom of the sixth to propel the UMass Lowell softball team (26-17, 14-2 AE) to a hard-fought, 7-6 victory against America East foe Albany (25-14, 12-3 AE).
The teams will play a doubleheader to decide the league’s regular-season champion on Saturday beginning at noon.
Following a six-run Albany rally, the game was tied at 6-6 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth until Rizzi stepped up and sent a shot over the fence in left center for what would be the game-winning run.
Senior Sydney Barker added to the offense with a game-high four RBI. Sophomore Lovina Capria, who came out of the bullpen in relief in the sixth, earned the decision in the circle for her 15th win of the season.