UMass Softball Season Ends In Split With Saint Louis
May 5, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team split a doubleheader with Saint Louis at Sortino Field Sunday and as a result, found itself on the outside of next week's six-team Atlantic 10 Championship.
UMass ends its season with an 18-25 overall record and finishes seventh in the A-10 with a 12-10 mark. Saint Louis (26-21, 13-9) finishes as the fifth seed and will open play on Wednesday at UMass' Sortino Field when the tournament gets underway. The Minutewomen needed to sweep the doubleheader to secure a spot in the tourney.
The Achilles heel for the Minutewomen all season had been in the circle and that's what did them in in the second game. Eight walks were issued to Billiken hitters in the game, including three in the seven-run second that swung the deciding game in Saint Louis' favor.
Caroline Raymond (15-14) earned the win in the first game and took the loss after being chased form the second one in the second frame. The junior had thrown 33 innings this week entering the second game. She walked ten and struck out five in 8.2 innings Sunday.
SLU struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice.
In the home-half, Katie Bettencourt hit a two-out double in the bottom half and scored just ahead of the tag on Tiffany Meeks' single up the middle.
The Minutewomen took their first lead in the third with three runs on
three hits. Samantha Gray scored on a bases loaded walk before Cyndil
Matthew gave UMass the edge on an infield single. They got an
insurance run on a groundout that allowed Quianna Diaz-Patterson to
After Christine Della Vecchia was hit to lead off the sixth, Lindsey Webster greeted Billiken reliever Laney Kneib with a double to the wall in left center that scored the UMass left fielder for a 5-2 margin.
UMass went up 1-0 on a Tiffany Meeks single over the bag at second that allowed Matthew to score from second. Meeks finished the day 4-for-4 with three RBI and a walk.
SLU blew the game open with seven runs in the second. They tied it with a bases loaded walk before taking a 2-1 lead on a Lindsay Friedman single. Laura Bohning then belted a grand slam to center, staking the Billikens to a 6-1 advantage. Jessica Van Nostrand followed a popout with a solo homer to left.
The Billikens loaded the bases in the third with no outs and added to their lead. A fielding error, sac fly, walk and fielder's choice pushed the runs across to give SLU a nine-run edge, 10-1.
UMass got two runs back in the fourth when Webster hit a two-run double to right center, trimming the deficit to 10-3.
SLU answered with two more runs in the fifth, both coming with two outs. UMass was unable to mount a rally.