Late Michigan Runs Sink Softball In Kickoff Finals, 5-1
Feb. 20, 2011
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and a pair of home runs in the sixth blew open a 1-1 game and gave No. 11 Michigan (10-0) a 5-1 victory over UMass (2-3) in the FAU Kickoff Classic championship game on Sunday afternoon. Meghan Carta drove in the lone UMass run with a single in the first inning. Jordan Storro and Cyndil Matthew also had hits for the Minutewomen.
Ashley Lane led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to left-center, and after a Stephanie Kirkpatrick double and two outs, Amy Knapp homered to center on a 3-2 pitch to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Bree Evans scored the go-ahead run for Michigan in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Dorian Shaw. Evans reached on an error, advanced to second on a bunt, and third on a wild pitch before Shaw's fly to left field that broke the 1-1 tie that had stood since the first inning.
UMass took the early lead in the top of the first. Storro reached on an error, stole second, and after a walk to Katie Bettencourt, Carta lined a ball through the left side to score the game's first run.
Michigan answered in the bottom half of the inning by stringing together three-straight one-out singles to tie the game.
Michigan starter Stephanie Speierman was relieved by Jordan Taylor (5-0) in fourth inning with a runner on an nobody out, retiring three in a row to end the UMass threat. Taylor struck out five and allowed two hits in four innings to earn the victory.
Sara Plourde (2-2) allowed four earned runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked one.
UMass reached the Kickoff Classic finals by winning a three-way tiebreaker of 2-2 teams by having allowed the fewest runs of the three.
The Minutewomen return to action next weekend when they travel west to California for the Cathedral City Classic on Feb. 25-27 at the Big League Dreams softball complex.