Softball falls in doubleheader to UMass, Central Connecticut StateDate: March 9, 2019
By Matthew Pavlik
In the first game of a doubleheader, Seton Hall softball fell to the University of Massachusetts, 8-5.
With two outs and a walk in the top of the first, what looked to be a slow inning turned into a quick start when sophomore infielder Baylee Allender fired a two-run home run over center-right field to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead over the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen (9-10). In the upcoming innings, however, the Pirates lead went to 2-1 and then 3-1. The Minutewomen began to rally, as they crept closer, 3-2. Eventually, UMass gained a 4-3 lead over Seton Hall and never looked back. UMass routinely matched Seton Hall’s play. After tying the game and gaining a lead, Seton Hall lost control of the 5th inning and went down 8-5, where they ultimately finished at the top of the seventh inning.
Within an hour of falling to UMass, the Pirates went on to play Central Connecticut State. The Blue Devils (5-3) edged the Pirates 11-9 to split their doubleheader.
A little more than a month into the NCAA Softball season, the Seton Hall Pirates sit at 7-9 after starting off 7-5, losing the last two doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Less than halfway through a nine game stretch in Clearwater, Florida, they are winless and will look for answers before next Friday. Down in Florida for the next week, the Pirates have time and fine weather to work with to try and improve their record.
Matthew Pavlik can be reached at email@example.com.