Softball Picks Up A Pair Of Wins At The USF Under Armour Invite
March 16, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UMass softball team picked up a pair of wins on day one of the USF Under Armour Classic in Clearwater, Fla., improving to 9-7 on the season. The Minutewomen defeated UNC-Wilmington 5-1 and Northern Colorado 8-2 in consecutive games at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Sara Plourde recorded 34 strikeouts on the day and allowed just one hit against the Skyhawks in the first game.
The Minutewomen started off strong against UNC-W, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The leadoff batter Cyndil Matthew singled and stole second before scoring on a double to center field from Katie Bettencourt. After moving to third on a sacrifice, Bettencourt came home on a single up the middle from Lindsey Webster for an early 2-0 lead.
The Seahawks never got going offensively as Plourde and the UMass defense retired the first 12 batters in order. Plourde collected nine strikeouts - all swinging.
Stephanie Mayne put a hit on the board in the fourth with a single up the middle, but the offense started to pick up in the top of the fifth where the Minutewomen would earn three runs off three hits. Matthew again started things off in the inning, singling to left center, and then Bettencourt singled up the middle, sending in Matthew. Magill got to first on a fielder's choice but a throwing error at second allowed Bettencourt to stay on base. Webster doubled to right center, which sent in both runners and gave UMass the 5-0 advantage.
UNC-Wilmington put their lone hit on the board in the sixth inning when Katie Houmard bunted to third base and managed to get to first. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Seahawks scored their lone run when Stacey Pinno was safe at home off a passed ball by Mayne.
Webster tallied three RBIs and Bettencourt had two, both off of two hits. Plourde walked just three batters in the game and recorded 16 strikeouts.
Right after their win over UNC-Wilmington, the Minutewomen played Northern Colorado and showed their offensive abilities, scoring eight runs off of nine hits.
Again, UMass scored two runs in the top of the first. Matthew was walked and advanced to third when Bettencourt doubled up the middle. Webster then doubled to right center, which sent in both runners and gave her four RBIs on the day. Northern Colorado fired back in the bottom of the first, scoring one run when Melissa Marcovecchio, who got on base by way of a walk, reached home off a wild pitch.
Northern Colorado got on the board again in the bottom of the second inning when Tianalia Fa'asua scored off a passed ball, tying the game at 2-2. The Bears would not score again in the game. The Minutewomen were quick to take the lead back, however, scoring four runs in the top of the third off of three hits. Quianna Diaz-Patterson singled to center field, her first hit of the day, to start the inning off. Bettencourt then singled up the middle and Webster was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Teea Rogers got under the ball and sent one over the center fielder's head for a three-run double that gave UMass a 5-2 lead. Maggie Quealy and Christine Della Vecchia were both hit by pitches that re-loaded the bases and then Matthew was walked to score their sixth run of the game.
UMass put another on the board in the top of the fourth when Rogers singled to left center, sending in Magill who got on base by way of the walk. Their final run of the game came in the top of the sixth when Magill doubled to right center and then Mayne singled to right field, allowing her to score.
Rogers earned four RBIs in the game, Webster with two. Bettencourt and Rogers each had two hits in the game. Plourde recorded 18 strikeouts in the game and walked 11 batters.
The Minutewomen play again on Saturday when they face Illinois at 4 p.m. and Tennessee-Chattanooga at 6:15 p.m.
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