Dayton's Four Home Runs Top UMass 9-4 In A-10 Opener
March 22, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton's four home runs gave the UMass softball team its first loss of Atlantic 10 play on Friday. The Minutewomen (2-16, 0-1 A-10) face the Flyers (7-12, 1-0 A-10) again on Saturday at noon.
UMass hit the ball eight times but left 11 runners on base. Dayton tallied four home runs, a single, and a double in the contest and three runs were scored due to Minutewomen errors. Caroline Raymond had five strikeouts, tying her season high, but walked three batters and hit four (also a season high). The Minutewomen were walked six times and were struck out 11 times, the most in one game so far this season.
The Minutewomen offense started off strong, tallying three hits in the top of the first inning. Cyndil Matthew, who tallied four hits on four plate appearances, started things off with a double to left field. This is the eighth time this season the centerfielder has started the game with a hit and the tenth time she got on base in her lead off at bat in 18 contests. Quianna Diaz-Patterson walked and Taylor Carbone hit a single up the middle to load the bases. A hard hit ball to the pitcher would send in Matthew and put Tiffany Meeks on first base. The next two batters could not capitalize on the bases-loaded situation, however, and ended the inning with only one run scored.
Despite two runners in scoring position, Dayton was unable to put a run on the board in the first inning. They rallied in the second, however, and hit the first home run of the game to dead center field to take a 2-1 lead over UMass that the Minutewomen could not come back from. The Flyers scored again off an error on a throw down to second base to catch the runner stealing. Samantha Gray over threw Diaz-Patterson, who ran to centerfield to retrieve the ball, but was unable to get the throw to home in time to prevent another run from scoring, and Dayton ended the inning with a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the third, Carbone, the lead off batter, answered with a home run of her own, this time to left center, to cut the Flyer lead to one. The Minutewomen were unable to continue their offense however, and ended the inning with three consecutive outs.
Dayton hit their second homer in the bottom of the third, scoring two more runs. The runner on first got there via an error by Diaz-Patterson, who bobbled the ball on the ground and couldn't get the throw off in time. Raymond took control in the circle, however, and struck two batters out to end the inning.
The fourth was a three up, three down inning for both teams, but UMass started their offense back up in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs off of a Katie Bettencourt home run that sent in Matthew, who singled to get on base. Two consecutive walks with no outs gave the Minutewomen an opportunity to tie the game, but they were unable to use this advantage and ended the inning with three outs in a row.
Dayton hit another two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the fifth, the runner on base was hit by a pitch to get on.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Dayton's third batter of the inning hit a ground ball to Carbone, who fielded it but then dropped it, allowing the batter to reach first base. The next in the order hit the final home run of the game, this time hitting the scoreboard in left field, and giving them the 9-4 victory.