UMass softball team loses to Boston College in 10 innings

By Matthew Zackman

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian
Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

After 10 innings of play, the Massachusetts softball team fell to Boston College, 4-3, in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning, Eagles freshman Jordan Weed connected on a single through the middle of the infield with the bases loaded to score two runs to end the game.

Despite ending their five game winning streak, the Minutewomen (8-15, 2-2 A10) played well in the eyes of Coach Kristi Stefanoni.

“We had bright spots in the game that we picked out … the bulk of our lineup did its job today,” said Stefanoni.

In particular, Stefanoni said she was proud of how pitcher Caroline Raymond was able to limit the Eagles (19-16, 4-8 ACC) to only three hits in 9.2 innings.

“Caroline came out with a really strong performance today on the mound for us,” Stefanoni said. “It stinks to think that the last hit at the end of the game was the game-winner, but just because she gave up the last hit, I don’t think she had a bad game.”

Despite only recording one strikeout, Raymond was able to battle with each batter making it difficult for them to get on base, according to Stefanoni.

“When Caroline was behind in the count, she was able to work her way back in it,” Stefanoni said. “If I had to pick a bright spot in that game, I would have picked the better demeanor in her presence in how she carried herself on the mound today.”

Offensively, Massachusetts tallied seven hits, highlighted by a Bridget Lemire home run in the 6th inning, which put the Minutewomen up 2-0.

“Her homerun proved to be the way that we went into extra innings,” said Stefanoni.

Freshman Jena Cozza also led UMass’s offense, going 2-3. Lindsey Webster also added two hits and drove in two runs as well.

However, errors plagued Massachusetts throughout the game as the Eagles were able to force extra innings due to an error in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Stefanoni was not pleased about the four errors that her team committed for the day and said that she was surprised that the mistakes took place.

She emphasized that over the last five games, the team only committed one error.

“Our defense got pretty bad around the 5th and 6th inning, right when we needed things to go well for us,” Stefanoni said. “I would have liked that to be a little bit stronger. I know that we are a lot better than that defensively.”

The Minutewomen will next take on St. Bonaventure on Friday in New York.

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