UMass softball’s offense falters in loss to Boston College

Minutewomen managed three hits and five total baserunners


Kago Motsoma / Daily Collegian

By Johnny Depin, Collegian Staff

The Massachusetts softball team struggled on offense against Boston College, a team that just beat top 10-ranked Florida State. The Minutewomen (7-15, 2-0 A10) managed three hits and two walks in the five-inning contest, while BC (14-11, 2-4 ACC) had 13 hits and drew five walks.

UMass’ offense got off to a slow start in the first, going three up-three down in the bottom of the first. The tide began to turn in the bottom of the second. Catcher Abby Lamson drew a walk and first baseman Kendra Allen hit a single to put runners at first and second with one out.

Jules Shields hit a ground ball to the Eagles’ shortstop, who flipped onto second for the force out. In the process of turning the double play, the second baseman struck Allen in the helmet with the ball. The umpires called interference on Allen and the result was an inning-ending double play.

“The girl was on the base,” head coach Danielle Henderson said. “I know that’s the rule, I only ask what our runner is supposed to do…it’s happened to us on defense.”

The bottom of the second was the best opportunity the Minutewomen had all game, as 40 percent of their baserunners came in the inning.

UMass knocked on the door of opportunity again in the following inning. Kristina Day led off the bottom of the third with a single into right field. Two back-to-back strikeouts killed any chance of the Minutewomen closing the six-run gap with the Eagles, and the inning ended with no runs coming across for them.

The Minutewomen struck out three times on the day, which was an improvement from their recent win over Rhode Island, in which they struck out five times. Much of the contact made by UMass was weak contact, leading to three hits for the Minutewomen despite striking out three times.

One of the players putting together good at bats was Allen. Hitting .226 on the season, Allen went two for three with two ground ball singles to make up 67 percent of the Minutewomen’s hitting output. Besides Allen, the rest of the offense went a combined 1-14, with a .071 batting average.

This was a performance that was unlike the Minutewomen, who average just under four runs a game. This speaks to the pitching and particularly the defense of the Eagles, who made several plays in the field that robbed UMass of more baserunners.

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