Meeks Homerun Gives UMass Softball Its First Victory
Feb. 23, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A three run homer by Tiffany Meeks gave UMass Softball their first victory of the season, defeating Illinois State 4-3 on Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Minutewomen will take on Southern Illinois later in the afternoon.
UMass had six hits and committed one error while Illinois State hit the ball four times and committed two errors.
First baseman Meeks collected all four RBIs in the game, starting off with a double in the top of the first that sent in shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson, who got on base via a walk. Illinois State tied it up in the bottom of the first, scoring one run off of two walked batters and a single through the right side.
Meeks hit a three-run homerun in the top of the third inning to give UMass the lead and the eventual win. Diaz-Patterson, who singled up the middle, and Katie Bettencourt, who reached on an error, both scored on the play.
The Redbirds put together some offense in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs off of two hits. With bases loaded, Caroline Raymond walked in their second run of the game with two outs to go. The next play was a ground ball to Taylor Carbone, who tagged the runner headed for second but was unable to turn the double-play to end the inning and another run was scored. Carbone, who recorded a double in the third inning, ended the inning with a put out at first base.
Raymond (1-1) didn't allow any Redbird hits for the next two innings and tallied her first win on the year.