Plourde & Rogers Lead UMass To Sweep Of Saint Louis
April 3, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Sara Plourde threw here second-straight no-hitter in a 4-0 game-one victory and got the win in relief, 4-3, in game two as Teea Rogers drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the seventh to give UMass softball (13-14, 5-3 A-10) a doubleheader sweep over Saint Louis (21-16, 6-4 A-10) on Sunday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. Lindsey Webster finished the day 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, and two RBIs, while Stephanie Mayne slugged her first career home run as the Minutewomen improved to 4-0 at home.
With the score tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, senior Audrey Boutin led off with a walk, was bunted over to second base by Stephanie Mayne, and advanced to third on a groundout. Rogers then drove the first pitch through the left side of the infield to score Boutin and give the Minutewomen the sweep.
Plourde (11-10) pitched 8 2/3 total innings and did not allow a hit. In game one, the junior struck out 16 batters and allowed just three base-runners, all walks. In game two, she entered the one out and a runner on in the sixth inning of a tied game and retired all five batters she faced, striking out three of them.
Plourde ran her consecutive hitless innings streak to 17 2/3, breaking the school record set in 1983. Plourde tossed her first no-hitter of the season in 1-0 win over Dartmouth on March 30, and pitched two innings of hitless relief in the second game of the doubleheader against the Big Green. She has not allowed a hit at home this season.
Game-two starter Caroline Raymond allowed three runs, though none were earned, on four hits and five walks while striking out four.
After stranding one runner on base in each of the first four innings, the Minutewomen took control of game one with a three-run fifth. Mayne led off the inning by blasting the first pitch she saw over the fence in straight-away center field for the first home run of her career.
The Minutewomen tacked on another insurance run in the sixth inning with back-to-back doubles. Tiffany Meeks led off with a double down the left field line, and Plourde followed with a two-bagger to right-center to make it 4-0.
In game two, UMass took advantage of leadoff walks in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. Boutin drove in Magill with a single to left in the first and Webster drove in Rogers with an infield single in the second to make it a 2-0 game.
After an infield single by Kristin Nicoletti led off the third inning, Saint Louis took advantage of UMass' lone error of the day to score three runs, including a RBI double by Kristain Burger and a RBI single by Jessica Van Nostrand to take a 3-2 lead.
The Minutewomen tied it in the fourth inning on Webster's double that drove in Matthew, who led off the frame with a walk and stole second base.
The Minutewomen conclude their five-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Connecticut in a 4 p.m. game.
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