Pair Of Losses On Day One Of USF Under Armour Showcase
March 8, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - The UMass softball team dropped their first two games of the USF Under Armour Showcase, losing 13-4 to South Carolina and 12-1 to USF on Friday. The Minutewomen (2-8) will face Central Michigan at 9:30 a.m. and Northwestern at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
UMass' opponents tallied five homeruns that accounted for 11 runs against the Minutewomen. Starting pitcher Caroline Raymond (1-4) recorded one strikeout on the day and walked five batters. Relief pitcher Emma Mendoker also struck out one batter and walked three. The Minutewomen were struck out nine times on the day and were walked on seven occasions.
South Carolina's consistent offense throughout the first game of the day proved too much for the Minutewomen. The Gamecocks scored in five of six innings played, including a six-run top of the sixth that prevented a seventh inning.
USC started things off early, scoring one run in the top of the first off a single up the middle that sent in Alaynie Page, who got on base via a walk. They scored again in the top of the second off a double to center field that went over Cyndil Matthew's head and to the wall, sending in one run.
UMass fought back in the bottom of the second, taking the lead off a home run to left field by Lindsey Webster. Teea Rogers and Olivia Godin, who both walked to get on base, scored on the play to give UMass the 3-2 advantage.
The lead would be short-lived however, as the Gamecocks would score two more in the top of the third to give them the go-ahead run and eventual win. Katie Bettencourt dropped a fly ball in right field, allowing a run to score and a runner to reach second. Two plays later, Bettencourt would catch a foul fly ball that enabled the runner on second to advance. Taylor Carbone attempted to put the runner out at third but an error on the throw allowed her to score, giving USC the 4-3 lead.
South Carolina hit a three run home run in the top of the fourth and UMass answered with one run in the bottom, but couldn't add anymore to the board and fell to USC in six innings after the Gamecocks scored six runs off three hits and three UMass errors in the top of the sixth.
The Minutewomen started off strong against South Florida, earning the first run of the game in the top of the first. Matthew slapped a single up the middle that curved past the shortstop and Quianna Diaz-Patterson followed with a double to left field, advancing to third on the throw and enabling Matthew to score.
Two consecutive home runs from Kenshyra Jackson and Kourtney Salvarola in the bottom of the first gave the Bulls a 3-1 advantage that the Minutewomen would not come back from.
UMass held off USF in the second inning but the Bulls scored again in the bottom of the third. Jackson, who lead-off, hit her second home run of the game out to center field to give South Florida its fourth run of the game.
USF scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth off of six hits and one UMass error, enabling them to earn the win in four and a half innings. The bulls started the inning off with three singles that loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly would send in the first run of the inning. Another single re-loaded the bases and the next batter hit a grand slam to right center to put the Bulls up 9-1 with one out. A double to right center is responsible for the last three USF runs.
The Minutewomen earned no runs or hits in their last at bat and fell to USF 12-1.