UMass Runs Win Streak To Five, Dominates UConn, 11-0
April 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in its most dominant performance of the season in 11-0 rout of Connecticut at Sortino Field Tuesday.
Caroline Raymond (5-7) struck out five in three innings as she won her third-consecutive start, while Quianna Diaz-Patterson was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Lindsey Webster drove in three and Taylor Carbone pushed two across. Both players had two hits and scored twice.
The Minutewomen pounded out 11 hits and collected an RBI on all 11 runs. UMass (8-14) raised its team batting average for the sixth-straight contest. The shutout was the first of 2014 for the Maroon & White.
After back-to-back infield singles to open the game, Carbone laced a single to left that brought in Diaz-Patterson for a 1-0 lead. Webster followed with a double to the gap in left center, allowing Cote Clark and Carbone to come home without a throw.
After Bridget Lemire was struck by a pitch, Jena Cozza continued the hit parade with a ball under the glove of shortstop Taylor Townsend to drive in Webster. Lindsey Zenk blooped a bases loaded single down the line in right to extend the lead to five runs.
Diaz-Patterson sliced a single down the left field line that scored Cozza, prompting a UConn pitching change. Ashton Wince trotted home when Carbone was hit by a pitch.
The Minutewomen continued to add to their lead in the second when Cozza advanced to third after her fly ball to right center popped out of center fielder Alyssa Gardea's glove. She scored a batter later on a Wince groundout.
UMass capped off the scoring with three runs in the third as it extended its lead to 11-0.
From there, freshman reliever Dakota Smith-Porter closed the door by allowing two hits in the final two frames ensuring the victory.
UConn (7-26) had five hits with two from leadoff hitter Maddy Schiappa. Starter Lauren Duggan (5-15) allowed all seven runs from the first inning and was lifted after 10 batters. She walked one, hit one and gave up seven hits.
UMass will travel to Boston College on Wednesday. First pitch at Shea Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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