Fordham Outslugs UMass, 17-11
April 6, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team produced a season-high 18 hits but played from behind after allowing eight runs in the third inning and fell to Fordham, 17-11, splitting the two-game series at Sortino Field on Saturday.
UMass (7-17, 4-2 Atlantic 10) was unable to overcome a tough day in the field as nine walks and three errors led to five unearned runs. The Minutewomen also saw an end to their five-game overall winning streak and 20-consecutive stretch at home that dated back to the 2011 season. The last team to beat UMass in Amherst was Fordham on April 30, 2011.
Fordham (21-12, 5-3) was led by the trio of Elise Fortier, Jamie LaBovick and Kayla Lombardo. They each had two hits and combined for four home runs, 10 RBI and six runs. Michele Daubman (11-4) earned the win as she worked six innings over two stretches of the game with a strikeout.
Caroline Raymond (4-7) got the start for the second-straight day but lasted just 2.2 innings as she allowed nine runs on five hits and five walks.
With Fordham holding a 2-1 lead after two innings, the Rams posted their eight third-inning runs on just four hits and seven came with two outs.
Despite trailing 10-1 and managing just four hits through three innings, the UMass offense came alive in the fourth. A pair of singles and a double preceded sophomore Anna Kelley's first career HR, a two-run shot to left center that sliced the deficit in half, 10-5.
The teams traded three-run innings in the fifth before the Minutewomen closed to within two in the bottom of the sixth. They loaded the bases with one out and managed to score three times before leaving the bags full on a fielder's choice force out at home and a strikeout.
Fordham added four in the seventh - all with two outs - as Lombardo ended her day with a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.
UMass will close out its seven-game homestand on Sunday against La Salle. The doubleheader is set to begin at Noon.
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