UMass Edged By Boston College In 10 Inning Thriller, 4-3
April 10, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - On Wednesday, April 10 in Chestnut Hill, Mass., the University of Massachusetts came up just short in extra innings against ACC foe Boston College. The contest was a 10-inning struggle ending on a hard struck single up the middle to score two Eagles in walk off fashion edging UMass by a score of 4-3. The loss snaps a five-game win streak for the Minutewomen bringing their record to 8-15 on the season while Boston College advances to 19-16 in 2014.
Lindsey Webster accounted for two of UMass' three runs with two hits and two runs batted in. The senior now has five runs batted in on four hits in the last two games. UMass' third run came courtesy of a home run from Bridget Lemire.
Caroline Raymond pitched well as the redshirt junior threw five straight scoreless innings to begin the game and forced poor contact as infielders recorded 21 the 30 Boston College outs recorded on the day. Raymond allowed just two earned runs on three hits in the contest.
Each team pitched scoreless innings in the first two stanzas until the top of the third when UMass picked up its first run of the game. Cote Clark reached first on an error by the first baseman, allowing Taylor Carbone to capitalize and advance Clark on a single to left. The ensuing batter, Webster, laced one into right center to score Cote giving UMass a lead it held until the sixth inning.
UMass extended its one run lead to two in the top of the sixth on a leadoff line drive home run against the wind into straightaway center field by Lemire. Boston College immediately retaliated in the bottom of the inning with runners on second and third with two outs. The Eagles' Alana DiMaso flied to the warning track and reached on an error, allowing Lindsay Spirito and Nicole Koszowski to score and tie the game at two.
With both teams unable to score in the seventh the game went into extras. Raymond continued to pitch well, keeping UMass in the game until the 10th inning. Due to darkness the umpires implemented the international tiebreaker. To begin the half inning the team's leadoff hitter bats with the previous batter on second base.
UMass began the top of the 10th with Clark on second and Carbone at the plate. Carbone executed the sacrifice perfectly, moving Clark to third for Webster. The senior outfielder struck a ball that was too hot to handle for the Boston College shortstop, scoring Clark for the go-ahead run.
The Eagles managed to draw two walks to load the bases in the bottom of the 10th and Raymond worked with two outs and Boston College's Jordan Weed at the plate. After falling behind 3-0 in the count, Raymond battled back to make the count full. The very next pitch, Weed shot one into right center to score Jesse Daulton as the game tying run and Tatiana Cortez as the winning run to walk off against the Minutewomen.
This weekend the Minutewomen venture to St. Bonaventure for more Atlantic 10 play. So far this season UMass is 2-2 against A-10 opponents and will look to better that record at 3:00 PM on Friday afternoon.