UMass, Stefanoni Earn First Win Of Season
Feb. 22, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Massachusetts softball team split a pair of games on the second day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, and picked up their first win of the season and the first career win for Interim Head Coach Kristi Stefanoni.
The day started with the continuation of a 13-3 loss to Charleston. The game was halted on Friday sue to rain and the Cougars leading 7-0 in the third inning.
UMass then dropped a 3-0 decision to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights benefitted from an error, passed ball and a 2-run double for a 3-run fifth inning. Both teams had three hits in the contest and the Minutewomen had a baserunner in six frames but only two advanced past first base. They also struck out 11 times.
In the nightcap against rival Connecticut, UMass trailed after the third and fifth innings, but responded by retaking the lead in the next frame.
The final time occurred with two outs and UMass facing a 7-6 deficit. Senior Tiffany Meeks hit a ball to right field that was misplayed, allowing her to advance to second. At the same time, sophomore Taylor Carbone came around from first two score the tying run. On the play at the plate, Meeks went to third and came home on a throwing error by the Huskie catcher.
After that, junior Caroline Raymond (1-2) earned the win in relief as she completed her 3.0 innings of work by allowing just one hit over 13 batters to put the Minutewomen in the win column.
"It didn't hit me at first because I was so happy for them becaues that game was a battle," Stefanoni said in reference to her emotions following the UConn win. "The first person I thought of was Elaine. It hasn't completely sunk in yet but it's amazing and fantastic. Our staff was fantastic with Danielle calling a great game and Staci and I coming up with combinations to use when UConn tried different things."
Junior Quianna Diaz-Patterson had two hits and scored twice, while freshmen Cote Clark and Jena Cozza has two hits apiece.
UMass (1-3) will conclude the event against Hofstra on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.