UMass Strands 10 In 6-2 Loss At Louisville
March 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Massachusetts softball team allowed four runs in the final four innings and dropped a 6-2 decision at Louisville in the opening game of the Red & Black Classic at Ulmer Stadium Friday.
UMass (1-5) had plenty of scoring chances but ended up stranding 10 runners and was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-5 with the bases loaded.
UMass collected six hits with all but one coming from the top five hitters in the lineup. Senior Lindsey Webster belted the team's first home run of the season when she led off the second inning with a shot over the wall in center to tie the game at 1-1. It was the 19th of her career, moving her into a tie fro 11th in school history.
"I told the team that we've only played six games and will get better in these crucial situations," Interim Head Coach Kristi Stefanoni said. "These other teams have played 15, 18, 20 games while we're still getting used to the dirt."
The Cardinals answered in the bottom half of the second when Morgan Meyer was hit to start the frame, and later scored from third on a fielding error by junior pitcher Caroline Raymond.
UMass opened the third with three-consecutive hits that allowed it to tie the game again when freshman Cote Clark scored on sophomore Taylor Carbone's single through the left side of the infield. The Lady Cardinals then pitched around Webster and walked her to load the bases. But an infield grounder resulted in a force at home before two strikeouts ended the threat.
UL jumped ahead with two runs in the fourth as Whitney Arion reached on a n error to setup Kelsi Jones, who connected on a 2-run homer to center.
The Minutewomen threatened in the sixth when they loaded the bases with only one out, but a strikeout and groundout kept the Lady Cardinals in front. UL added a pair of 2-out runs in the sixth with consecutive singles to right field by Taner Fowler and Maryssa Becker.
Raymond (1-4) took the loss for UMass as she struck out four and walked four in a complete game.
Rachel Le Coq (3-3) was the third pitcher for UL (9-6) and worked five scoreless innings to earn the win. She struck out four, walked two and hit two while allowing just two base hits.
Clark and junior Quianna Diaz-Patterson each extended their hitting streaks to six games, while Carbone pushed her mark to the last five outings.
UMass was playing its first game in 12 days and endured some lengthy travel issues. Thursday's scheduled flight from Hartford, Conn. to the bluegrass was canceled due to mechanical issues and forced the Minutewomen to bus to Newark, N.J. where they caught a 6:30 a.m. flight on Friday, waking up at 4:30 a.m.
UMass will play two games on Saturday in Louisville, facing Ohio at 10:30 a.m. and Ohio State at 12:30 p.m. Live stats are available at UMassAtheltics.com and live updates can be found by following @UMassSoftball on Twitter.