UMass Grounds Dayton, 3-1; Leads 13-1 In Suspended Game

Sara Plourde struck out 17 in game one and also has a five-game hitting streak.

Sara Plourde struck out 17 in game one and also has a five-game hitting streak.

March 30, 2012

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AMHERST, Mass. - Sara Plourde struck out 17 and hit her third home run in the last four games to lead Massachusetts to a 3-1 win over Dayton in the first game of a doubleheader at the UMass Softball Complex on Friday.

The Minutewomen were leading 13-1 in the fourth inning of the second game before the contest was suspended due to darkness. The teams will attempt to complete the game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Through the first game, UMass is now 14-10 on the season and 3-0 in Atlantic 10 play, while Dayton is 12-16 and 0-3.

In the first game, Plourde led off the third inning with a homer on the first pitch she saw. Jordan Storro walked, advanced to second on a an error by the catcher and scored on Cyndil Matthew's single through the right side to put UMass ahead 2-0.

Dayton got on the board two innings later when Kathleen Maloof collected the Flyers' lone base hit, a full-count blast over the wall in left to pull the visitors to within one run, at 2-1.

UMass got the run back in the bottom-half of the frame when senior first baseman Jordan Storro, who was playing in just her second game since returning from knee surgery, deposited her second-career home run over the wall in left to give the Minutewomen the 3-1 advantage.

Plourde was one shy of her season-high in strikeouts and following a walk to the first batter following the Maloof hit, she fanned seven of the final 11 Flyers she faced.

UMass collected seven hits in the game with two each from Matthew and Plourde, along with single hits from Storro, Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Kyllie Magill.

In the second game, both teams put up a run in the first inning before the Minutewomen erupted for 10 runs in the second and two in the third before the umpires halted the game.

Every UMass batter collected at least one hit thus far, including Diaz-Patterson who had a two-run home run. Lindsey Webster and Mikayla Panko also had two-RBI singles in the second. Panko's would be her first career hit if the game becomes official.



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