Softball Drops Home Opener to UMass
April 9, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The BC softball team opened up its 2013 home schedule with a 7-4 loss to the UMass Minutewomen at Shea Field on Tuesday. UMass swept the Eagles in the two-game season series following its 8-7 victory on March 27.
Stephanie Lord got credited with her third straight decision for the Eagles - allowing six hits and three earned runs over two innings to fall to 0-5 this season. Chelsea Dimon tossed five innings in relief while allowing four hits, three earned runs, and seven walks over that span. Caroline Raymond (7-7) tallied the victory for UMass with a complete game, two earned run, and five hit performance.
After a scoreless first inning, the Minutewomen struck with three runs in the top half of the second, spearheaded by Teea Rogers' two-run single and Samantha Gray's RBI base hit. BC responded with a run in the bottom of the inning as Jessie Daulton's infield single plated Tory Speer from third.
Dimon came on in relief in the third and allowed a single run when she hit Gray with a pitch with the bases loaded. An error by UMass third baseman Teea Rogers brought home a run before Speer's RBI sac fly cut the deficit to 4-3.
The lone BC error of the game plated the Minutewomen's next two runs in the fourth to stake them to a 6-3 lead. Daulton's second homer in as many games trimmed the UMass lead to 6-4 in the fourth but Raymond closed the door with three straight shutout innings. Lindsey Webster's wind-aided double in the sixth gave UMass all the insurance they would need. BC brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh but Raymond got Nicole Koszowski to pop up to second to end the game.
The Eagles will play a doubleheader at Dartmouth tomorrow before returning home to face Maine on Thursday.
Team Records: Boston College (9-22, 1-8 ACC); UMass (10-17, 6-2 A-10).