UMass Sweeps Dayton With 13-1 Game Two Triumph
March 31, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -- Every starter in the batting order collected at least one hit as Massachusetts completed a two-game sweep of Dayton with a 13-1 win in five innings at the UMass Softball Complex Saturday.
The game was suspended due to darkness on Friday night at the end of three innings. UMass (16-10, 4-0 Atlantic 10) needed just 25 minutes to close out the contest and secure its 17-consecutive win over Dayton and run its current winning streak to five games.
Both teams put up a run in the first inning before the Minutewomen erupted for a season-high 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 freshman Quianna Diaz-Patterson who had a two-run home run, her team-leading fourth of the year. Lindsey Webster and Mikayla Panko also had two-RBI singles in the second. Panko?s base knock was the freshman?s first career hit and she added her first steal as well.
Sara Plourde (15-8) struck out 11 and allowed just one hit in tossing her 20th complete game of 2012. She also improved to 38-5 in A-10 regular-season games.
Dayton (12-17, 0-4) committed seven errors in the game which led to five unearned runs. Starter Sarah Wedel (5-3) suffered the loss as she allowed five runs on five hits to the first 10 batters.
Kyllie Magill had a hit in each game of the series as she extended her streak of games reaching base to 13, while Plourde and Diaz-Patterson stretched their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively.
For the weekend, Cyndil Matthew and Plourde reached base five times in seven plate appearances.
UMass will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Storrs, Conn. to face Connecticut (13-11). First pitch at the Burrill Family Field is at 4 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Internet at UMassAtheltics.com.
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