UMass Falls To #11 Texas & Fresno State
Feb. 27, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - UMass softball (2-8) closed play at the Cathedral City Classic on Sunday with losses to No. 11 Texas (14-2), 3-0, and Fresno State (6-1), 7-5. After Blaire Luna threw a one-hit shutout in game one, UMass received home runs from Kyllie Magill and Tiffany Meeks and brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning against the Bulldogs before falling.
Trailing Fresno State, 7-4 entering the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Maggie Quealy worked a walk and Christine Della Vechhia, who re-entered to run stole second, Teea Rogers singled to drive in the run and bring the tying run to the plate, but Mackenzie Oakes (4-0) retired the next to batters to end the game.
Freshman Tiffany Meeks recorded the first hit, home run and RBIs of her career, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs driven in, while the Minutewomen outhit the Bulldogs, 9-4.
UMass trailed Fresno, 2-1 entering the fourth inning when the Bulldogs used a single, a walk, and a fielder's choice to load the bases. UMass starter Sara Plourde (2-6) struck out the next two batters, but with two outs, Caitlin Stiglich dealt the game's decisive blow, a grand slam to left center that made it a 6-1 game.
Freshman Lindsey Webster replaced Plourde in the fourth and pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit and striking out two. Plourde finished the game with 11 strikeouts and allowed four hits and walked two.
Kyllie Magill made it a 6-3 game in the fifth inning when she crushed the first pitch over the left-center field fence for her first homer of the season. After Fresno tacked on an unearned run in the sixth, Meeks' round-tripper in the bottom of the frame pulled UMass within three, 7-4.
Game one was a pitching duel between Plourde and Texas' Luna as both had one-hit shutouts going through four innings before a walk, a single, and an error led to the game's first run and set up Kim Bruins' two-run single that made it a 3-0 game.
Magill recorded UMass' lone hit against Luna, who finished with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
The Minutewomen return to action next weekend when they travel to Woodstock, Ga. for the Buzz Classic on March 4-6.