Softball @ UConn - 8 run rule?

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J.J.
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Softball @ UConn - 8 run rule?

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So CCSU softball lost to UConn yesterday 10-2, but the game was stopped in the bottom of the 5th inning.

https://uconnhuskies.com/news/2021/3/24 ... shion.aspx

As a former ASA-certified umpire, I am aware of existence and need for a "run rule" but isn't a 10 or 15-run lead after 5 (of 7) innings? What is the NCAA rule on this?

According to the box score, CCSU was losing 7-0 after 4 complete innings. Central scored 2 in the top of the 5th to cut the lead to 7-2. UConn then scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th to extend their lead to 8 runs and the game is called with 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th.

https://uconnhuskies.com/sports/softbal ... core/20872

UConn didn't have a 10-run lead and had 2 outs. Why didn't they let CCSU get out of the inning and bat in the top of the 6th inning?

I'm all for not letting games out of control and dragging on, but an 8-run lead with 2 full innings left in a regulation seems very unsportsmanlike. Seems like a unnecessary rule imposed on a women's sport, as we know that isn't the rule for men's baseball.
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