UCR Softball starts season with nine losses in 10 games

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Feb. 17, 2012
Rainbow Wahine  8 – Highlanders 0

UC Riverside’s softball team opened the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in a negative way on Friday. The team was shutout by Hawai’i and went on to lose its third game in a row with a final score of 8-0 in favor of the Wahine.

The Wahine had a huge first inning as they scored six runs on six hits. The Highlanders were unable to cut the lead as they struggled hitting the ball. UC Riverside’s Taylor Alvarez allowed nine hits in three innings for a total of seven runs. Hawai’i scored its final run in the bottom of the third and that proved to be all the Wahine needed.

The Highlanders were shutout 0-8 in that game. UC Riverside was limited to only four hits and zero runs as they fell to a 1-5 start for the season.

Feb. 17, 2012
Aggies 5 – Highlanders 1

The Highlanders faced the Utah State Aggies later that day in hopes of winning their first game of the classic. The Aggies had other plans in mind as they defeated the UCR softball team 5-1.

The Highlanders finished with six hits and the Aggies ended with five, but it was Utah State who finished with more RBIs in the game. Utah State scored their five runs in the first two innings of the game and never looked back. The Highlanders tried but failed to cut the lead. UCR lost its sixth game of the season.

Feb. 18, 2012
Golden Bears 10 – Highlanders 0

UCR took on the nation’s top team this past Saturday. The Highlanders searched for their second win of the season, but the Cal Golden Bears crushed those hopes as they beat UCR 10-0.

The Bears hit the ball nine times compared to the Highlanders’ three. Cal earned nine RBIs and 10 runs in the game. It was the second inning that won the game. Cal scored six times in the bottom of the second to lead 8-0. They went on to score two more in the third to win by 10 runs.

UCR lost its seventh game of the season and fifth in a row.

Feb. 18. 2012
Spartans 9 – Highlanders 1

After the tough loss to the Golden Bears, the Highlanders faced another strong opponent as they took on the San Jose State Spartans in their second game of the day. San Jose State proved to be too much for UCR and defeated the Highlanders with a final score of 9-1.

San Jose State scored in every inning except the second. The Spartans drove in a total of five in the top of the fourth to go up, 7-0. UCR managed to score one in the bottom of the fourth, but that was all the Highlanders could do. The Highlanders gave up runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lose it, 9-1.

UCR’s Amy Lwin allowed seven hits and eight runs in eight innings pitched for the loss.

Feb. 19, 2012
Utes 9 – Highlanders 1

UCR played its final game of the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Sunday and looked for its only win of the event against Utah. Much like their previous opponents, the Utes proved to be too good for the Highlanders and Utah went on to clobber UCR, 9-1.

The Utes scored first in the bottom of the second to go up, 2-0. UCR scored one in the third, but Utah extended its lead to 4-1 after a two-run third inning. Utah continued to drive in runs and ultimately scored a total of nine runs against the Highlanders’ Casey Suda and Jordyn McDonald.

The Highlanders lost their seventh straight as they were swept in all five games of the Desert Classic. UCR now has a record of 1-9 in the season.

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