LOWELL, mass. – The UMass Lowell (9-5) softball team will be looking to keep their foot on the gas this Friday, March 11, as they prepare to play in their first non-tournament game of the week. -end. The River Hawks are scheduled to face Central Connecticut State (0-14) at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in a doubleheader, originally scheduled for Saturday, which was moved due to inclement weather.
The River Hawks wrapped up their Spartan-Pirate Clash weekend with two shutouts on Sunday to leave Norfolk, Va., with a 4-1 record. After falling to Drexel, 6-3, to open Saturday’s roster, the team rode a three-game winning streak to cap off the weekend, including a pair of wins over co-hosts Hampton.
Junior left fielder Cayla Tulley (Corona, Calif.) was selected as America East’s Player of the Week after an 8-for-17 weekend at the plate, which resulted in eight RBIs, two home runs and four extra hits. She posted a .500 on-base percentage as well as a .941 hitting percentage through five games, which was highlighted by a four RBI performance to help the River Hawks win their extra fight against Hampton. , 6-5.
Impeccable in the circle
junior pitcher Ryley White (Wareham, Mass.) picked up three more wins in two starts with the Chesapeake Bay trip, taking its record to 6-0. In his 17.2 innings pitched, White gave up just two runs to opponents for a 0.79 ERA on the weekend. She struck out 16 and held batters to a .213 batting average.
Big Fly Brenna
On his way to a .316 batting average in the Spartan-Pirate Clash with five RBIs, junior second baseman Brenna Davenport (Merrimack, NH) hit his first two homers of the season. She powered River Hawk’s offense with three RBIs in the weekend finale against Hampton, resulting in a 4-0 victory. Her performance has now propelled her to second in team batting average, with a .333 hit rate.
Fly if you dare
Norfolk State was aggressive on the base lines against the River Hawks, attempting four interceptions in four innings of action. After managing to take second place on their first attempt in the first inning, the River Hawks went ahead to throw and score runners on their next three attempts. Excellent execution by receiver Becca Vaillancourt (Tiverton, RI) and his supporting defenders helped limit opposing runners in scoring position as UMass Lowell took the win 6-2.
Blue Devil Scouting
Central Connecticut opened its season with three invitations, as the River Hawks and played familiar foes in Norfolk State and Hampton. While the team was chosen to finish third in the NEC after voting in the pre-season coaches’ poll, the Blue Devils have had a difficult start to the season. Central Connecticut is winless in 14 games but will be hungry to win its first of the year against UMass Lowell.
The history between the programs favors the Blue Devils, as the River Hawks hold only a 1-7 record against opponents New Britain, dating back to 2014. The last meeting between the two ended in the victory for UMass Lowell, as they won the second end of the twin bill, 3-2, on April 19, 2016.
Opponents struggled at home plate to open the spring roster, as they hold a .201 batting average. Outfielder Kim Howard, who has a .344 batting average in 32 plate appearances, leads the Blue Devil offense. His patience at the plate allowed him to walk six times in 2022, helping him to a .462 on-base percentage. She’s also a key player when contributing runs, hitting six so far for RBI.