Raymond Silences La Salle With Two Shutouts In Doubleheader Sweep
April 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts continued its dominance over La Salle, riding a pair of complete-game shutouts by pitcher Caroline Raymond en route to wins of 8-0 in five innings and 5-0 at Sortino Field Sunday.
UMass (9-17, 6-2 Atlantic 10) rebounded from the Saturday loss to Fordham with a run-rule win in game one that featured two-run home runs by Lindsey Webster and Quianna Diaz-Patterson. In the second game, the Minutewomen worked around some shaky defense and a number of walks to secure the win thanks to a four-run fifth inning to put some distance between the teams.
A total of six Minutewomen extended their hitting streaks on Sunday. Bettencourt, Matthew and Tiffany Meeks each pushed theirs to nine games each, including all eight conference games.
Raymond (6-7, 5-2 in A10 play) tied her career high with six strikeouts in the second game as she tossed 12 innings of shutout ball. Sunday marked the first time in her career that she has worked more than 7.1 innings in the same day.
UMass improved to 39-0 all-time against La Salle (13-16, 2-8), who managed just three hits in the two games.
UMass took the lead in the second inning when Webster hit a 2-run home run to left. It was her team-leading fourth of the season. An inning later, Diaz-Patterson went deep with a 2-run blast to the opposite field in almost the same spot but about 20 feet farther.
The Miuntewomen put the game into a mercy-rule situation two innings later with four scores on four hits. Bettencourt lined one back through the box to score Matthew from second. Meeks came up two batters later and blooped one over the second baseman's head as Bettencourt trotted home. Della Vecchia sent one to the track in center field where the ball was caught, but pinch runner Lindsey Zenk scored on the sacrifice fly. Mikayla Panko pinch ran for Meeks and came around to score on Webster's second hit of the game to end the contest.
Raymond was cruising after the first inning when five Explorers made plate appearances. The junior rebounded as she retired 12 of the final 14 batters and the last nine. Only three balls got out of the infield with three flyouts as both base hits stayed in the infield.
Bettencourt recorded the first run for the Minutewomen in the first when she scored on a Meeks popup that was mishandled on collision by La Salle's two right-side infielders.
La Salle meanwhile was getting a number of base-runners despite being no-hit through 3.2 innings. The Explorers had four players reach via UMass errors, four via walks and a passed ball strikeout before Megan Hodgson got their first hit.
The Minutewomen added another run on a bases loaded walk in the fifth. Meeks followed with a single off the base of the wall in center that scored Diaz-Patterson. Della Vecchia slapped one over the shortstop to bring Bettencourt home and push the lead to 4-0. Gray followed a pair of fielder's choice outs at home with a single through the left side to get Meeks home.
UMass closed its seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record. The Minutewomen will travel to Boston to face Boston College on Tuesday. First pitch at Shea Field is 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast at UMassAthletics.com.