Softball Falls To Central Michigan, Northwestern At USF Under Armour Showcase
March 9, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UMass softball team has yet to see a win at the USF Under Armour Showcase, losing 6-2 to Central Michigan (9-7) and 8-0 to Northwestern (-) in five innings on Saturday. UMass will play its last game of the weekend against Western Michigan on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
The Minutewomen (2-10) tallied eight hits on the day while their opponents registered 16. Caroline Raymond pitched all six innings against Central Michigan and struck out two batters in her efforts. Emma Mendoker was the starting pitcher against Northwestern but Bridget Lemire saw the majority of the action, pitching 3.1 innings. She was unable to strike out any batters but recorded only one earned run of four scored during her time in the circle.
Central Michigan struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, both unearned. The Chippewas started off with a single and got a second runner on when Teea Rogers misjudged a ball rolling down the left field line that stayed fair. Both runners got in scoring position off a ground out to Tiffany Meeks at first base, and a single that went between Rogers and Quianna Diaz-Patterson got CMU their first run of the game. They scored again off a ground out that went to Raymond in the circle.
The Minutewomen held Central Michigan to no hits and no runs in the next two innings. Quianna Diaz-Patterson hit a ball to deep center field that she turned into a triple because of her speed. The second baseman over-threw third base in a putout attempt and Diaz-Patterson was able to score on the play.
The Chippewas would score again in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading off with a triple to right center and following up with a sacrifice fly to foul territory in right field that sent in the runner. Katie Bettencourt made the catch and threw directly to home, but the throw was not in time for the tag out.
The Minutewomen put another run on the board in the top of the sixth off back-to-back doubles from Bettencourt and Taylor Carbone but would not score again in the contest.
A three run-bottom of the sixth would seal the victory for CMU. The Chippewas started off the inning with a walk and a ground out that advanced the runner to second. A single to left field was enough to send in the first run of the inning. A sacrifice bunt put a runner on second and a bobble by Diaz-Patterson on the next play allowed her to score. A stolen base and a single up the middle is the rest of the story, CMU claiming the 6-2 victory.
The Minutewomen took on Northwestern in the next game of the day after the Wildcats defeated South Carolina in extra innings. Northwestern came out strong after their win, putting out the first three UMass batters and scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off a home run to dead center.
UMass was able to put a hit on the board in the second inning, a single to right field by Rogers that put Carbone, who reached on an error, on third base. The next two batters, Anna Kelley and Samantha Gray, were unable to capitalize on the positioning, however, and the Minutewomen left the inning with no runs scored.
Another two-run home run was scored in the bottom of the second that gave the Wildcats a 4-0 advantage. Despite two more singles and runners in scoring position, Northwestern were unable to score again in the inning, due in part to a great catch by Diaz-Patterson at the left side fence.
Northwestern had another two-run inning in the bottom of the fourth, when they started two singles in a row. A fielder's choice got a runner on third and a fielding error by Carbone sent in a run. With bases loaded, the Wildcats hit a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed another run to score.
The Wildcats hit their third home run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to earn them a seventh run. With runners on second and third, Mari Majam hit a walk-off single to left field, giving them an 8-0 lead and ending the game.