Massachusetts Outlasts Boston College, 8-7, In Home Opener
March 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Lindsey Webster hit the go-ahead home run in the fifth and Emma Mendoker tossed a complete game for her first official college victory as Massachusetts defeated Boston College, 8-7, in the home opener at Sortino Field Wednesday.
UMass (4-16) also got a career-high three hits from freshman Taylor Carbone, who reached base in all four plate appearances, and three more from senior Christine Della Vecchia, who saw her first action since tearing a knee ligament in the second game of the season.
UMass pounded out 13 hits as eight batters reached base during the game and seven players scored. Mendoker (1-8) narrowly missed out on getting the win in Saturday's game at Dayton when she was lifted one out shy of the minimum distance. She struck out three and scattered eight hits Wednesday. At one point she retired nine-consecutive batters.
Boston College (8-15) was led offensively by its two through five batters, who combined for six of the team's eight hits and all six RBIs. Chelsea Dimon (6-6) suffered the loss after allowing eight runs - including all five in the fifth - on 11 hits. She also struck out four and walk one.
BC got on the board in the first when Alana DiMaso hit a 2-run home run to right center. Tory Speer followed with double off the wall in left center and scored a batter later on a throwing error.
The Minutewomen bounced back in the second when they sent nine batters to the plate and collected three runs. They loaded the bases with a pair of singles and benefitted from a throwing error by the Eagles. Della Vecchia then blooped a ball into shallow left field to score Webster. Teea Rogers came home three pitches later on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 3-2. A fielding error by CJ Chirichigno allowed Carbone to score and knot the game at 3-3.
Webster led off the fifth with a line drive off the foul pole in the left to give the Minutewomen their first lead of the game, 4-3. It was her second homer of the year. Later, Matthew drove in Lindsey Zenk from second on a single to right. Quianna Diaz-Patterson followed with a 2-run single before stealing second and scoring on a Katie Bettencourt base hit.
The Eagles responded by batting around in the sixth when they scored four times on four hits. Marla Pandolfo led off with a solo homer to right. BC then loaded the bases on an error, single and walk. The Minutewomen got a force out at home but the Eagle chipped into the margin on DiMaso RBI single and a Chirichigno 2-run single before Pandolfo was caught looking with the bases loaded to end the threat.
UMass will return to action on Saturday when it plays host to St. Bonaventure with a Noon doubleheader.
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