Western Michigan's Seventh Inning Rally Tops UMass Softball
March 10, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Western Michigan's late rally served UMass Softball its fifth loss of the weekend at the USF Under Armour Showcase on Sunday. The Minutewomen (2-11) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth but defensive errors in the top of the seventh gave the Broncos their eighth win of the season.
Both teams hit the ball eleven times in the contest but UMass recorded four errors including two in the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Caroline Raymond struck out one batter and walked none. Relief pitcher Emma Mendoker walked seven batters and struck out one. The Minutewomen were walked eight times and were struck out seven.
Western Michigan started the game off with a two run homerun that went to left center in the top of the first. UMass answered with one run in the bottom of the inning when Teea Rogers singled up the middle with bases loaded. Next at bat was Mikayla Panko but she was unable to send in another runner and ended the inning with a ground out.
UMass got two on in the bottom of the second off a walk and a single and Quianna Diaz-Patterson sent one sailing to left center for a three-run homerun that gave the Minutewomen a 4-2 advantage.
The Broncos answered quickly, however, scoring three in the top of the third to take back the lead. Two runners got on off a single and an error by shortstop Diaz-Patterson and a double to right center sent both Broncos home to tie the game at 4-4. Mendoker then came in to relieve Raymond in the circle and walked her first batter. A passed ball got a runner on third and a sacrifice fly to center field gave WMU the go-ahead run.
WMU scored on a passed ball in the top of the fourth, but UMass scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to surpass the Broncos. Cyndil Matthew and Diaz-Patterson were the first two batters and the first two outs of the inning via a ground out and a caught foul ball. Luck changed for the Minutewomen, however and Tiffany Meeks got on base via a walk. Taylor Carbone singled up the middle and put Meeks in scoring position. A triple to right center by Katie Bettencourt gave UMass its first two runs of the inning to tie the game.
Rogers walked and Panko hit another triple to right center to give UMass its first lead of the game. Bridget Lemire, the designated player and closing pitcher, hit a single up the middle to send in Panko and give UMass a 9-6 lead.
The Minutewomen held off WMU in the top of the fifth and put another run on the board in the bottom off great base-running by Matthew, who singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.
A two-run inning for Western Michigan in the top of the sixth put them in striking distance, cutting the UMass lead to two runs. Two doubles and a walk were what the Broncos needed to score their two runs.
UMass couldn't put anything on the board in the bottom of the sixth despite a runner on third with no outs. Rogers, who lead-off the inning, singled and then advanced to third off a passed ball and wild pitch during Panko's at-bat, but didn't reach home.
Western Michigan scored two runs off a mental error and throwing error by Mendoker, who over threw home after realizing a runner was headed there. With the score tied at 10-10, a single to left center that Matthew couldn't get to in time sent in two more runners.
The Minutewomen would not answer in the bottom of the seventh, despite a runner on third.