UMass Softball Splits On Opening Day
Feb. 18, 2011
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Katie Bettencourt hit a grand slam as she and Audrey Boutin hit back-to-back home runs to lead UMass softball to a 10-0 victory over Penn State in six innings before falling to Tulsa, 3-1 in nine innings on opening day of the Minutewomen's 2011 season at the FAU Kickoff Classic on Friday. Sara Plourde struck out 15 to earn the shutout in game one, while freshman Lindsey Webster allowed just one run through eight innings before taking the loss in game two.
UMass continues play on Saturday when it faces No. 10 Michigan at 1 p.m. and the host FAU Owls at 6 p.m.
Plourde (1-0), the NCAA leader in strikeouts a season ago, returned to form to start 2011, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning and allowing just one walk while fanning 15, her 12th career game of 15 or more strikeouts.
Webster (0-1) allowed just one run on six hits through the first eight innings of her first career start before allowing two runs in the ninth on one hit and an error with the international speed-up rule placing a runner at second base to start the frame. She struck out six while walking six.
After pushing two runs across in both the first and third innings, and one in the fourth, the Minutewomen exploded for five runs in the sixth. A hit batter and two walks, all with two outs, set up Bettencourt, who drove a pitch over the left field wall for the grand slam. It was the eight career home run for the 2010 A-10 Co-Player of the Year. In the next at-bat, senior Boutin pulled a ball over the right field fence to make it a 10-0 game, her fourth career bomb.
Stephanie Mayne collected both the first hit and RBI of her career against the Nittany Lions.
With a runner at second to start the ninth inning, Tulsa bunted the runner to third before the go-ahead run scored on an error at first base. Cobb later drove in an insurance run for the Golden Hurricane with a single.
Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third in game two on a sacrifice fly by Samantha Cobb after a one-out walk and a single, but the Minutewomen answered in the bottom half of the inning when the 7-8-9 batters loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, setting up Magill's sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Tulsa left 12 runners on base while UMass stranded seven.
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