Rain Decides Softball Season Opener
Feb. 15, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The UMass softball team opened their season against LIU Brooklyn but will remain at 0-0 on the season as the game was called three outs shy of an official game. The Minutewomen led 9-5 in the bottom of the fifth when game was called due to rain.
UMass started off with four runs in the first inning, sparked by a triple from lead-off batter Cyndil Matthew. Matthew scored off of a single by Quianna Diaz-Patterson, who advanced to third off a single from Katie Bettencourt and then stole home. Two more runs were scored off of a wild pitch and a batter hit by a pitch.
The Blackbirds battled back in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on two hits. Caroline Raymond, who saw her first action since the 2011 season, struck out three batters.
The Minutewomen added two more to the board in the top of the second off of a Diaz-Patterson triple and a well placed ball to shallow right field by Bettencourt. LIU Brooklyn matched scoring, however, and added two to their score in the bottom of the second.
UMass finished their at bats with a two-run fifth inning off of a sacrifice fly by Sam Gray and a wild pitch.
Raymond walked the first three batters of the bottom of the fifth and UMass was unable to close out the game in time to make their lead an official win. Field conditions were deemed unsuitable and the contest ended in a no-game situation.
Defensively, UMass held the Blackbirds to four hits and committed one error. Shortstop Diaz-Patterson was credited with two put-outs as well as left-fielder Matthew, who had an impressive diving catch in the bottom of the fourth.
The Minutewomen ended the contest with nine hits on as many runs.
UMass will take on Maryland at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16 and will face Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m.
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