Rally Falls Short For UMass In 9-7 Loss To Ohio State
March 9, 2014
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.
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 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.