EAST BOSTON – The Suffolk softball team scored early and often to run-rule Regis, 9-1, in five innings Wednesday afternoon at East Boston Memorial Park.
SCORE: Suffolk 9, Regis 1
RECORDS: Suffolk (13-6, 6-1 GNAC) | Regis (4-11, 0-7 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Regis broke opened the scoring in the top of the first, but the visitors lead was shortlived as the Rams responded in the home half of the inning. Suffolk got its offense going all with two down as Devlin Frost knocked a double to the center field fence. Jaclyn Flint kept the offense alive as she drew a base-on-balls, before Delaney Sylvester put the ball through the left side to tie the ball game. Flint and Sylvester each rounded the bags courtesy of Ashley Zulla's deep double to left field that gave the host 3-1 advantage.
Taylor Holmes sat down the Pride in order in the top of the second before putting up five more runs in the bottom of the stanza. Back-to-back doubles from Payton Sylvester and Sydney Littlefield started the scoring with Littlefield using Flint's single to right field to cross home. With runners in the corners, Zulla sent a shot over the right field fence to make it an 8-1 Suffolk score.
Suffolk's final run of the afternoon came off Flint's bat as the junior middle infielder barreled a solo shot over the left field fence for the 9-1 final.
- Holmes earned the decision as Suffolk's starter allowed just one run on three hits with one strikeout through the first 3.0 innings.
- Constance Phelan worked two scoreless innings of relief. The freshman arm gave up just one hit and sat down one batter.
- Madi McLellan suffered the setback as she let up nine runs off 12 hits and one walk with five Ks to her credit.
- Four different Rams had two-hit days paced by Zulla, who had a day. Zulla produced five RBI behind a 2-for-2 effort with one double and one dinger.
- Flint also went yard as her 2-for-2 performance was good for a pair of RBI to go along with three runs scored.
- Delaney Sylvester notched two hits, brought one run and scored twice.
- Kelly Keane rounded out the batters with two hits.
- Littlefield collected one RBI and scored one run, while Payton crossed home once. The senior and freshman each had one hit apiece.
- Suffolk and Regis renewed a rivalry, meeting for the first time since 1999, first-time under Jaclyn Davis and first time as GNAC foes.
- The Rams won their second straight match-up versus the Pride to move to 4-10 all-time against Regis.
- Suffolk moved to 1-0 versus Regis in the Jaclyn Davis era.
- The Rams' Class of 2018 – Madison Eucalitto,Frost, Holmes, Littlefield, Delaney Sylvester and Ali Yamakaitis – won their 100th game in their collegiate career. They become the third-ever four-year class in Suffolk softball history to accomplish the feat. Overall, the six seniors have gone 100-54 (.649) on the diamond as Rams.
- Suffolk opened GNAC play 6-1 for the first time since going 12-1 to open league play in 2015.
- Zulla registered a career-high five RBI.
Suffolk and Regis wrap up its two-game series under the light at 6 p.m.