Butler Slips Past UMass 4-2
May 3, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Butler got a few timely hits and scored three unearned runs in a 4-2 win over Massachusetts at Sortino Field Friday.
UMass (17-23, 11-8 Atlantic 10) struggled at the plate with just three hits, it's second-fewest this season. Taylor Carbone, Cyndil Matthew and Teea Rogers had one hit apiece. Quianna Diaz-Patterson drew a career-high three walks to lead the Minutewomen, who also had the players reach via fielding errors.
Caroline Raymond (14-12) struck out four and walked four while allowing just one earned run.
Butler (19-24, 8-9) had five hits and was led by Krosley Ogden's game-high two. Jenny Esparza (5-5) struck out nine in the complete-game win.
Butler scored first, plating a pair of unearned runs in the first. Meaghan Sullivan and Kristen Boros each reached on a fielder's choice. Following a pop out for the second out, Sullivan scored when Carbone dropped a popup at second base and Boros on Devin Dearing's single.
The Minutewomen fought back with an unearned score of their own in the second. Carbone led off with a single before being replaced on the basepaths by Lindsey Zenk. Zenk was sacrificed to second and scored on Rogers' bloop single in the outfield grass behind first base.
Butler added to its lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth. The Bulldogs left four runners in scoring position in those innings, including the bases loaded in the sixth.
UMass got one run back in the seventh when pinch hitter Bridget Lemire hit a 2-out ball off the glove of Ogden in deep center and advanced to third on the error. Matthew then singled through the right side to score Lemire to make it 4-2. But Esparza got out of the jam two batters later with her ninth strikeout of the game.
The teams will meet again on Saturday when the Minutewomen host Senior Day on at Noon.