Rally Falls Short For UMass In 9-7 Loss To Ohio State

Cote Clark walked three times and scored once on Sunday.

Cote Clark walked three times and scored once on Sunday.

March 9, 2014

Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Massachusetts drew a season-high 14 walks but left a season-high 13 runners on base and was unable to overcome a slow start in a 9-7 loss to Ohio State at the Red & Black Classic on Sunday.

UMass (2-7) dropped its second-straight to OSU and ended the classic with a 1-3 mark. Sunday's second game was to be played against Illinois State but the length of the OSU game - three plus hours - made the possibility of the Minutewomen missing their flight home a potential outcome with another full-length game.

For the second time in as many games, the Buckeyes opened the contest with a seven-run first inning. OSU had seven hits and left the bases loaded before UMass got out of the jam with a force at home and a strike out.

UMass manufactured a run in the home-half with a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt that allowed Cote Clark to score from second.

OSU extended its lead to 8-1 in the second with an RBI-single from Melaina Saalfeld.

UMass got a pair of runs in the third when Lindsey Webster and Mikayla Panko scored on a bases-loaded single by Lindsey Zenk.

The Buckeyes made it 9-3 after a Saalfeld run-scoring double in the fourth. She was one of three Buckeyes with two hits in the game.

UMass started its comeback in the sixth with three runs on just one hit as Tiffany Meeks, Zenk and Olivia Godin all collected RBIs before leaving the bases loaded.

Quianna Diaz-Patterson led off the seventh with a triple - her second of the year - and scored on a Taylor Carbone sacrifice fly that accounted for the final score of the game, 9-7.



UMass was outhit 12-3 but had its most patient day at the plate all season.

Caroline Raymond (2-5) went the distance, allowing 12 hits but just three over the final five innings and none in the last three.

UMass will conclude its pre-conference slate next weekend when it participates in the USF Spring Break Tournament in both Tampa and Clearwater, Fla.

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