UMass Softball Drops First Two At NFCA Leadoff Classic
Feb. 22, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UMass softball team is still looking for its first victory of the season after dropping games to Pacific (7-3) and Indiana (8-4) on day one of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Minutewomen take on Illinois State and Southern Illinois on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Minutewomen (0-5) had ten hits on the day including two doubles from first baseman Tiffany Meeks. Freshman pitcher Emma Mendoker recorded three strikeouts and walked three batters against Indiana.
UMass could not put together their offense in their matchup against Pacific, starting the game with nine consecutive outs over three innings. Cyndil Matthew recorded the first hit of the game as the leadoff batter in the top of the fourth, singling to the pitcher. Quianna Diaz-Patterson followed up with a single up the middle. UMass was unable to capitalize on this advantage, however, and ended the inning with the bases loaded.
The Tigers were able to put runs on the board early, scoring one in the first inning and four in the second. Pacific started the second inning off with two consecutive singles and a throwing error by second baseman Taylor Carbone gave them their second run of the game. A double-error play by shortstop Diaz-Patterson gave them two more runs on the board and two more singles gave them their fourth run of the inning.
Pacific added two more in the fifth and two more in the sixth giving them a 9-0 lead. UMass had three consecutive outs to end the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Minutewomen finished with three hits and five errors. The Tigers had nine runs on nine hits and no errors in the game.
UMass started off strong against the Hoosiers in the second game of the double header, getting the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Indiana came back in the bottom of the second when right fielder Kelsey Dotson homered to left field, giving the Tigers the go-ahead run.
The Minutewomen had two runners in scoring position with no outs in the top of the third but could not add any runs to the board. UMass would not be in scoring position for the rest of the game.
The Hoosiers started the fourth inning off with a home run, which gave them a 3-1 lead, and they added two more in the bottom of the sixth to end with the 5-1 advantage.
UMass had seven hits and two errors against Indiana, who scored five runs off of eight hits and committed one error.