#20/25 Softball Trounces Providence In Opener, 14-3
Feb. 12, 2010
MIAMI, Fla. - Behind home runs from Kyllie Magill, Sarah Reeves, and Michelle Libby, No. 20/25 UMass softball opened its 2010 season with a five-inning 14-3 victory over Providence on Friday afternoon at the FIU Combat Classic. The Minutewomen piled up 16 hits on offense and Bailey Sanders struck out five to earn the victory. UMass' second game was suspended until Sunday with UMass leading 1-0 and Providence batting in the bottom of the fourth.
The senior duo of leftfielder Libby and first baseman Reeves both were 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored. Reeves also added two doubles. Sophomore second baseman Kyllie Magill was 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and four runs scored. Sophomore Katie Bettencourt had the first multi-hit game of her career, going 2-for-3.
Sanders was in control for most of the game, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out five in the complete-game five-inning victory. The senior is now 23-12 in her career.
The Minutewomen, playing on grass for the first time this season, struggled defensively in the top of the first, committing two errors that led to an unearned PC run.
UMass responded in the bottom of the first with Magill's solo home run to left field and Libby driving in Reeves after she doubled. The Minutewomen put another pair on the board in the third inning a Magill RBI single and a Reeves RBI double.
UMass' big inning came in the third when it put up six runs on five hits and one error. Whitney Williams and Magill had back-to-back RBI singles, leading to back-to-back home runs by Reeves and Libby.
The Friars scored two runs in the fourth on a two-run double by Ava Pandiani that followed two two-out walks.
UMass tacked on four more in the fourth, including Matthew's two-run double, before Sanders tossed a one-two-three top of the fifth to end the game.
In game two against NC State, the Minutewomen led 1-0 on a solo home run by Katie Bettencourt, the first of her career, when at the beginning of the bottom of the fourth with the Wolfpack batting, the skies opened up and a downpour brought a halt to the game after it was delayed for an hour before play was halted for the night. The game will be finished on Sunday at 1 p.m. prior to UMass playing FIU.
The Minutewomen continue action in Miami at the FIU Combat Classic on Saturday when they face Illinois-Chicago at 9 a.m. and then Southern Illinois at 11 a.m.
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