UMass Softball Drops First Two At SDSU Classic II
March 16, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - The UMass softball team falls to 2-13 on the season after losing to San Jose State 8-5 and Long Beach State 9-1 at the San Diego State Classic II on Friday. The Minutewomen will play Colorado State on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
UMass recorded 11 hits on the day, eight against San Diego State, and committed two errors. Emma Mendoker struck out three batters and walked eight on the day in 5.1 innings pitched. Bridget Lemire struck out two batters and walked four in 7.2 innings. The Minutewomen were walked 11 times and struck out 15 times.
San Jose State was the first matchup of the day for the Minutewomen, who took an early 5-0 lead over the Spartans. UMass started off strong in the first inning, scoring two runs off two hits. Cyndil Matthew lead-off with a single up the middle and got to third off a walk and a fielder's choice. Taylor Carbone hit a single to the left side to send in Matthew, giving UMass the 1-0 advantage. The Minutewomen would score again off a throwing error by the SJSU shortstop.
UMass started off the top of the second with a single to left center from Lindsey Webster. Anna Kelley was up next and walked after a 14-pitch at-bat and Maggie Quealy reached on a throwing error that sent in both runners to give UMass a 4-0 lead. Matthew singled and put Quealy on third and a sacrifice fly by Quianna Diaz-Patterson sent her home.
The Spartans put together a four-run bottom of the third to get within one run. SJSU began with a single and a walk to get two runners on, and grounded out to advance both runners to scoring position. A sacrifice fly out to right field would give them their first run of the game, but a great throw by Katie Bettencourt held the second runner to third base. With two outs, the Spartans rallied and hit a single up the middle to send in one runner and a homer to right center to score two more.
UMass held SJSU for two innings, but the Spartans scored four more in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead and secure the win. Mendoker walked three batters to start the inning, and was replaced by Lemire, who walked her first batter to tie the game at 5-5. The next two batters would be outs one and two of the inning, but a single to the left side with bases loaded would give SJSU the go-ahead run and a 7-5 advantage. Another single up the middle allowed the Spartans to score again and finish 8-5 over the Minutewomen, who struck out three times in a row to end the game.
UMass didn't fare much better against Long Beach State, who took an early lead and didn't give it up. The 49ers scored their first run in the top of the first off a sacrifice fly ball to left field. They scored again in the top of the third off another sacrifice fly, giving them a 2-0 advantage.
The Minutewomen were able to score one run in the bottom of the third when Diaz-Patterson singled to right center, sending in Webster, who was hit by a pitch to get on base.
LBSU scored another run in the top of the fourth and put together a six-run seventh inning to seal their victory. The 49ers started off the seventh with two singles and a fielder's choice to put runners in scoring position. A single to right center got LBSU their fourth run of the game and a hard-hit double down the left field line gave them a five run advantage. Two more singles and a triple brought the score to 9-1 and the Minutewomen were unable to score again in the game.
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