UMass Drops Opener To DePaul, 4-2
Feb. 22, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Massachusetts softball team suffered a 4-2 loss to DePaul in the season opener at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Friday.
The Minutewomen's second game of the day was in progress but went into a rain delay in the third inning. Charleston was leading 7-1 and the game will resume on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Senior Lindsey Webster had two of UMass' five hits on the day.
DePaul opened the game with a pair of bases-loaded walks in the top of the first. Both runs were unearned after the game began on a fielding error and passed ball.
UMass bounced back in the bottom half with an unearned run of its own. Junior Quianna Diaz-Patterson reached on a fielding error, stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw from the catcher. She scored on freshman Cote Clark's groundout to short.
That's the way things stood until the fifth when the Minutewomen tied it at 2-2 on Diaz-Patterson's single that scored pinch runner Jena Cozza from second.
But the Blue Demons got the lead back with one swing in the next inning. Following an infield single, Nicole Phil had a two-out, pinch hit home run to left that made it a 4-2 ball game.
UMass threatened in the seventh when it put two runners on with one out. But reliever Kristen Verdun struck out the final two batters to end the game and collect her second save of the year. Verdun and starter Hannah Penna (2-1) struck out 12 UMass batters.
Caroline Raymond (0-1) went the distance and walked five with two strike outs.