UMass Silences George Washington In Both Games Of Sweep
April 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sara Plourde threw consecutive no-hitters and for the second-straight weekend hit a pair of home runs as the Massachusetts softball team swept a doubleheader from George Washington at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex Softball Field Sunday.
Plourde's two no-hitters powered UMass (21-11, 8-0 Atlantic 10) to a 8-0 five inning win in game one before gutting out a 2-0 win in the second game.
The senior righthander struck out a combined 25 batters and walked nine as she improved to 20-9 on the season and lowered her opponent batting average to .119.
Freshman shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson and junior centerfielder Christine Della Vecchia collected three hits on the day, while Diaz-Patterson finished with three RBI, including the game-winner in the second game.
In the first game, UMass got a run in the first when Diaz-Patterson walked and later scored on a Kyllie Magill single through the left side.
The Minutewomen added four runs on three hits an inning later with the big hit coming off the bat of Plourde. She belted her sixth home run of the year with a 3-run shot to right-centerfield that extended the lead to 5-0.
UMass had three runs on four hits in the fifth to grab an 8-run lead before Plourde closed it out with two of her 13 strikeouts.
The second game had much more drama as the Minutewomen held a one-run lead through much of the contest before another Plourde homer game the visitors some breathing room before emerging with the 'W.'
Junior leftfielder Cyndil Matthew led off the game with an infield single and a steal of second. Diaz-Patterson followed with a double to left center that scored Matthew for the first run.
That first score held up throughout the game but not before the Colonials put some pressure on with some walks and a few stolen bases. Plourde got out of some tight spots with runners on third in the second and fifth innings before fanning five of the final eight batters to secure the game. She had 12 strikeouts in the second contest.
UMass will now travel to Boston College (20-18) for a single game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before opening a 10-game homestand on Friday against Saint Joseph's.
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