UMass Softball Held Scoreless Against Colorado State
March 16, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - Colorado State hit a home run to left center in the bottom of the second that would ultimately be the game-winner against UMass, who fell to the Rams 2-0 on Saturday at the SDSU Classic II. The Minutewomen play their last game of the weekend on Sunday against UNLV at noon, ET.
UMass hit the ball four times and committed three errors in the game. Colorado State tallied four hits and one error in the contest. Starting pitcher Emma Mendoker and relief pitcher Caroline Raymond both struck out one batter and walked one batter. The Minutewomen were struck out five times and walked once.
Cyndil Matthew lead off with a single, the fourth game in a row she started things off with a hit. Matthew advanced to third off a stolen base and a ground out by Quianna Diaz-Patterson, but the Minutewomen were unable to capitalize on this despite having only one out in the inning.
Colorado State's second batter of the second inning hit a homer to left center to earn them the eventual win. The next batter hit a double and then advanced to third on a passed ball, but a strike out and a ground out prevented her from scoring.
The Rams had another opportunity to score in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Minutewomen were able to hold them off to keep the score at 1-0. Colorado State's first two batters each hit singles, and a sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position. Diaz-Patterson caught a line drive on the next play and threw to third base to catch the runner off the bag to get the Minutewomen out of the inning.
Teea Rogers hit a single up the middle to start off the fifth inning, but UMass could not get her home to tie the game despite her second base positioning.
A two-error bottom of the fifth is to blame for the second Colorado State run. With one out, Taylor Carbone misfielded a ground ball and the batter was able to reach first. The Minutewomen got a second out on the next play but could not maintain their composure on a ball hit in front of home plate. Anna Kelley over-threw first base, which allowed the runner on first to score and gave the Rams a two-run advantage.
The Minutewomen were unable to get runners in scoring position for the rest of the game and fell to Colorado State in the top of the seventh.