UMass Sweeps Charlotte In Final A10 Trip To Queen City
April 14, 2013
UMass (12-17, 8-2 Atlantic 10) extended its winning streak to five games and hit .397 as a team on Sunday.
Caroline Raymond collected a pair of complete-game victories as she improved to 9-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play. She struck out six and held the 49ers to .205 hitting on nine hits.
Quianna Diaz Patterson went 5-for-6 on the day with four runs. Meeks and Bettencourt added five hits apiece while Bettencourt's five RBI in the first game were a career high.
UMass secured 2-0 lead when Bettencourt hit a 2-run home run to left in the third inning. It was her fourth of the season and 18th of her career.
The Minutewomen extended the lead to 8-0 with a six-run, four-hit outing in the next frame. They used four-consecutive singles and a double in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
The top four batters in the order got two hits in the game.
All of the scoring in the second game came in the first inning. UMass came out and saw its first five batters reach base via four hits and a hit batter. Bettencourt's RBI double was followed two batters later with a two-run single by Meeks. Lindsey Webster's sacrifice fly to deep center brought Taylor Carbone home for a 4-0 lead.
Charlotte came right back in the bottom half and saw its opening five batters reach base. Natalie Capone, who led off with a single, scored on a wild pitch before Alex Rogers scored from third on a Chelsea Ingersoll single. But the Minutewomen got consecutive groundballs to third with force-outs at home on the base-loaded situations.
The defense continued strong play as it held the 49ers to just two hits over the final six innings. The Minutewomen also turned the second of their two double plays in the contest.
UMass will return home for a four-game homestand, beginning Tuesday evening against Connecticut. First pitch at Sortino Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.