UMass In Must-Win Situation Following 2-0 Loss To Butler
May 4, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - For the second-consecutive day, the Massachusetts offense struggled to find a rhythm as Butler completed the series sweep with a 2-0 win on Senior Day at Sortino Field Saturday.
UMass (17-24, 11-9 Atlantic 10) is now in a must-win situation entering the final day of the regular-season on Sunday. The Minutewomen need to win both games of a home doubleheader against Saint Louis in order to secure one of the six berths into next week's conference tournament.
On Saturday, the game was a pitcher's duel form the start. UMass' Caroline Raymond yielded just two hits over the first four innings and Butler's Jenny Esparza had given up just one hit and five base runners in the same span.
Butler (20-24, 9-9) scored the game's first run in the fifth when Devin Brierly scored on Meaghan Sullivan's bases loaded sacrifice fly to left.
They added an unearned run an inning later. Maria Leichty reached on an error before being pinch run for by Callie Dennison. After stealing second and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Riley Carter singled to third base as Dennison scored.
The Minutewomen had at least one base runner in six of the seven innings and placed someone at third with less than two outs twice but were unable to capitalize. UMass left eight runners on base.
Raymond (14-13) struck out five and walked three while allowing four hits. Esparza (6-5) earned the win with seven strikeouts, despite walking five and hitting two batters.
Kristin Gutierrez earned her second save after inheriting two runners in scoring position with no outs in the sixth. She struck out one and retired five of the six batters she faced, ending the game with a double play.
UMass and Saint Louis will open play on Sunday at Noon. The day is also the Sixth Annual UMass Softball Fan Fest with prizes, activities around the complex and fun for all ages.