UMass Drops First Two Atlantic 10 Games Of The Season
March 22, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Massachusetts softball team was swept by Saint Louis in a doubleheader, 2-1 and 6-4, at the Billiken Sports Complex on Saturday as each team opened Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Taylor Carbone had four hits with a run and an RBI on the day to lead the UMass (3-14, 0-2) offense. The team had five hits in the first game and eight in the second, but combined to leave 11 runners on base.
Caroline Raymond (2-7) took the loss in both games. In the first contest, she worked four innings and allowed two runs on two hits but walked eight. She worked four innings of relief in the second game, scattering four hits that led to three runs.
UMass tied the game at 1-1 in the third when Carbone led off with a double to right center, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a Brianna Lore wild pitch.
In the fifth, Raymond walked the bases loaded before yielding to Tara Klee. Peter put the Billikens ahead with a single to left that scored Alex Nickel before the Minutewomen got out of the jam with a double play.
The Bills came back in the second with three runs on three hits, before the Minutewomen retook the lead in the third on a pair of RBI doubles from Diaz-Patterson and Webster.
In the home-half of the third, Elizabeth Everingham tied it up with a solo homer.
SLU got the big hit it needed in the sixth when Lindsay Friedman connected on a 2-run shot over the fence in center, putting the Billikens ahead by the final margin of 6-4.
UMass is scheduled to play Boston College on Tuesday in the team's home-opener at Sortino Field. The single game is set for a 4 p.m. start.