UMass Plays Long Ball In Sweep Of St. Bonaventure
April 12, 2014
OLEAN, N.Y. - The Massachusetts softball team collected 31 hits in two games of a doubleheader sweep at St. Bonaventure Saturday, but the games couldn't have been more opposite of each other than how they played out.
The Minutewomen hit everything in sight in a 17-2 win in game one with 17 hits but saw the bats go cold for five innings until they erased a five-run deficit en route to a 10-8 victory in the game two.
"For them to come back like that was big for their confidence," UMass interim head coach Kristi Stefanoni said. "We didn't ask them to do it all at once. They strung hits together and made it happen one batter at a time. I thought it was fantastic for them to do that."
UMass (10-15, 4-2) won its fourth-consecutive Atlantic 10 game and raised its team batting average 20 points on the day. The Minutewomen hit six home runs and had a .776 slugging pct. on the day.
Junior designated player Bridget Lemire saw the ball as well as anyone, going 6-for-8 with three home runs and eight RBI. Her 3-run homer in the first inning of the opening contest put the team ahead for good, while her 2-run shot in the seventh frame of the night cap gave UMass a 7-6 lead and sparked a 5-run inning. She now leads the team with five home runs.
Freshman Jena Cozza led a trio of players with four hits in the DH. She also drove in four runs on a grand slam in the first game and scored four times.
Junior Caroline Raymond (7-8) earned both wins on the day, striking out five with no walks in a complete-game win in the 11 a.m. game before coming out of the bullpen in game two with four more `Ks' in three innings of relief.
Game One UMass scored three in the first and eight in the second to jump out to an 11-2 lead. The team added six more in the fourth to run away with the win. Lemire hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs.
Game Two For as much firepower as the Minutewomen showed in the first game, it took until the sixth inning to get the bats going in game two.
SBU scored two in the second and four in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. UMass has collected just two hits up to that point before scoring four runs on five hits in the sixth to trim the margin to 6-5. Taylor Carbone led off the inning with her fourth homer of the year.
After getting out of a situation in the sixth where two Bonnies were on with no outs, the Minutewomen began to attack one more time. Lindsey Webster singled off the top of the wall in left, missing a homer by a foot. But Lemire followed with the go-ahead long ball to left before five of the next six batters singled to add three insurance runs.
SBU put some pressure on UMass in the bottom of the seventh when Ashley Snider hit a 2-run home run that cut the lead to 10-8. Raymond collected herself and got a ground ball and soft popup to end the game.
UMass will continue its eight-game road trip on Tuesday when it travels to play at Boston University. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast online at UMassAthletics.com and available on the Atlantic 10 Conference mobile app.