Massachusetts Sweeps St. Bonaventure, Runs Win Streak To Season-Best Four
March 30, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team got production from every offensive player and a pair of strong starting pitching performances in a doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure at Sortino Field Saturday.
UMass (6-16, 3-1 Atlantic 10) ran its winning streak to four games by virtue of its 6-4 win in game one and 12-4 six-inning, run-rule decision in game two. SBU (5-23, 2-6) ended its weekend with a 1-3 mark following a Friday split at Rhode Island.
Taylor Carbone led the Minutewomen with four hits, including three doubles. UMass collected 11 extra-base hits on the day, highlighted by four home runs. Samantha Gray and Katie Bettencourt went deep in game one, while Teea Rogers and Lindsey Webster cleared the fence in the second contest for UMass.
The Minutewomen have posted double-digit hits totals in three of their last four games, with season-highs of 15 twice during that stretch.
The first game saw UMass jump ahead 2-0 in the first thanks to a RBI triple from Quianna Diaz-Patterson. She trotted home on a Bettencourt sacrifice fly.
The Bonnies benefitted from a UMass miscue to scored an unearned run in the second. The Minutewomen got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Gray, a junior with 24 career at bats entering the game, went deep for her first career hit.
Ashley Snider hit a 2-run homer in fourth for SBU and the Bonnies added a run in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. But that was short-lived as the first two UMass batters reached base in the bottom of the fifth, leading to Bettencourt's 3-run shot - her third in 2013 and 17th in her career.
Emma Mendoker (2-8) went six innings for her second-consecutive win and Bridget Lemire needed just four pitches to retired the side in the seventh for her first save. Carly Bilchak (4-7) allowed all six runs on six hits in taking the loss.
UMass left little doubt in the second game, scoring three runs in the first and single tallies in the second and third frames for a 5-0 lead. The Bonnies responded with a run in the fourth and three in the sixth to trim the margin to 5-4.
Again, the UMass offense came up big in the bottom half with seven runs on six hits, spotlighted by Rogers' 2-run home run.
Caroline Raymond (3-6) struck out a career-high six and allowed just four hits in the complete-game win. Alexis Sloat (1-7) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in five-plus innings.
UMass will be in action next week with five games, beginning Tuesday at Connecticut at 4 p.m. The squad will return home for conference series' against Fordham and La Salle Friday through Sunday.
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