Massachusetts Turns Back Fordham, 9-5
April 5, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Taylor Carbone went 3-for-4 with 3 runs batted in and Massachusetts turned a school-record four double plays in a 9-5 win over Fordham at Sortino Field Friday.
In addition to Carbone's strong day, senior Katie Bettencourt had three RBI on two hits as all nine batters reached base for UMass (7-16, 4-1 Atlantic 10) who ran it's winning streak to five games overall and 20-consecutive at home.
The Minutewomen were strong offensively with 11 hits, recording double-digits for the fourth time in the last five contests. They also had one of their strongest defensive games, with zero errors for just the second time in 2013. The four double plays were one shy of tying the NCAA record, set by Alabama against Texas in 2009.
Caroline Raymond (4-6) threw her sixth complete game of the season, allowing four unearned runs on nine hits.
Fordham (20-12, 4-3) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a nine-hit, two error performance. Jamie LaBovick (10-8) lasted one inning as she allowed three runs on three hits over 30 pitches before giving way to Michele Daubman.
Fordham scored first when Kayla Lombardo lined a shot off the glove of third baseman Teea Rogers that allowed LaBovick to score. The bases remained loaded but UMass got out of the jam when Rogers speared a line drive and stepped on third to end the threat.
The Minutewomen answered right away with three runs in the home-half of the first. Cyndil Matthew started things off with her team-leading 12th walk, collected the first of her two steals on the day and scored on a Bettencourt single to right. UMass took the lead for good with a pair of unearned runs as the next three batters reached base.
Bettencourt scored from second when Lombardo couldn't handle a Tiffany Meeks batted ball and Meeks, who moved to second on a wild pitch, scored on a Lindsey Webster single.
Quianna Diaz-Patterson drove in the fourth run of the game with a double off the wall in center that sent pinch runner Lindsey Zenk home for a 4-1 lead. Matthew scored a batter later on a Bettencourt sacrifice fly before Carbone lined one through the right side as Diaz-Patterson added the third run of the inning.
UMass nearly got a couple of more scores a batter later as Meeks sent a line drive to left that just missed leaving the park by less than six inches. Instead it was a double that put Carbone at third with two outs. But the rally stalled after a walk loaded the bases leading to a groundout for the final out.
Daubman got the first run since the initial score with two-out, solo home run down the right field line in the fourth. An inning later, Michelle Turgeon doubled home Gabby Luety to cut the margin to 6-2 in favor of the Minutewomen.
UMass got those back plus one in the bottom of the fifth when Bettencourt added her third RBI of the day on a bases loaded single before Carbone followed with a 2-run single up the middle.
Fordham mounted one final rally in the sixth with back-to-back base hits from Daubman and Paige Ortiz to score it's fourth run of the game. Ortiz came home two batters later on a groundout that made it 9-5.
Ortiz had three hits to lead the Rams offense.
The teams will wrap-up their two-game set in Amherst on Saturday at Noon.
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