Softball Suffers Pair Of Losses On Opening Day
Feb. 16, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The UMass softball team suffered their first two losses of the season against Maryland (2-0) and Florida Atlantic (1-0) on Saturday at FAU Stadium. UMass (0-2) will play #14/13 Michigan on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Defensive errors were to blame for the pair of losses as UMass committed five errors against Maryland and two against FAU.
Freshman Emma Mendoker got the starting nod in the first game of the day against Maryland, her first career start, and allowed five hits and three earned runs. Junior Lindsey Webster started against FAU, her fourth career start and second since her freshman season. Webster struck out two batters and allowed eight hits.
Florida Atlantic had two four-run innings in their 8-0 victory. With two outs in the top of the second, an error by shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson allowed Whitley Herb to reach first. A single up the middle sent in one run and triple to left center gave FAU the four-run advantage.
In the top of the fifth, three consecutive hits would give FAU their fifth run of the game and a sacrifice fly ball gave them their sixth. Mendoker came in to relieve Webster and walked two batters, which sent in another run. The final run of the game was scored on a passed ball by Freshman catcher Olivia Godin.
The Owls had eight hits in the matchup and no errors. UMass posted three hits to the scoreboard.
Earlier in the day, Maryland took an early 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning that the Minutewomen were unable to overcome. The five runs came off of one hit and two UMass errors.
The Terrapins scored two more in the bottom of the second to increase their lead to 7-1 going into the third inning. UMass was able to put one more on the board in the top of the third but quickly fell to an eleven run deficit after a six run inning by the Terps.
UMass tried to put together a comeback in the top of the fourth, scoring six runs off of three hits. A single up the middle by Tiffany Meeks gave the Minutewomen their first two runs of the inning and Katie Bettencourt hit one over the shortstop's head for another two runs. Bridget Lemire and Quianna Diaz-Patterson both scored on passed balls.
The Minutewomen held off any more runs from being scored for two consecutive innings but were also unable to add to their run total. Maryland scored three more in the bottom of the sixth including a walk-off single to end the game in six innings.
Senior Christine Della Vecchia recorded three of UMass's eight hits against the Terps.