UMass Wins Wild One Over UConn, 7-6
April 16, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Quianna Diaz-Patterson hit a two-run double in the sixth and Caroline Raymond struck out a career-high seven as Massachusetts came from behind to defeat Connecticut, 7-6, at Sortino Field Tuesday.
UMass (13-17) won its season-best sixth-consecutive contest and improved to 4-0 in one-run ball games. UConn (17-20) lost its fourth-in-a-row.
Trailing 6-5 with one out in the sixth, the Minutewomen loaded the bases on a single and two hit batters. Following a force out at home, Diaz-Patterson hit a two-strike double to deep left that Maddy Schiappa was unable to catch as she appeared to trap the ball after it bounced off the wall. Sam Gray and Teea Rogers both scored to put UMass ahead for the second time in the contest.
UMass finished with five hits as Diaz-Patterson, Katie Bettencourt, Tiffany Meeks, Lindsey Webster and Rogers each hit safely. Diaz-Patterson extended her hitting streak to 12 games and her mark of reaching base to 14. Meeks now has a 13-game streak.
Raymond (10-7) has gone the distance in all six of the Minutewomen's wins during the streak. She allowed five hits on the day.
Kiki Saveriano (11-10) took the loss for the Huskies as she fanned 10 in six innings.
After a scoreless first inning, UConn got its first two runners on in the second with a single and walk. The Huskies grabbed a 3-0 lead on a Brittany Duclos 3-run home run to left.
The Minutewomen cut in the deficit with two unearned runs in the bottom of the second. Christine Della Vecchia drew a one-out walk and advanced around the bases on a pair of errors by the Huskie middle infielders. Meeks, who reached via one of the errors, scored from second when a routine throw from Emily O'Donnell at short was mishandled by Audrey Grinnell at first base.
Two innings later Meeks doubled off the base of the wall in left center and scored on Webster's single back up the middle to tie the game at three.
Diaz-Patterson was hit by a pitch in the fifth before Bettencourt gave the Minutewomen their first lead of the game with a 2-run homer to the bleachers in center. It was her fifth of the season and second in the last three outings.
Kim Silva led off the UConn sixth with her third homer of the year. Following a two base error off Della Vecchia's glove, Jacklyn Dubois hit a line drive over the fence in left center to give the Huskies the lead back at 6-5.
Raymond ended the game getting a pair of flyouts to Bettencourt in right and a strikeout after the Huskies put runners on the corners to open the seventh.
UMass will play the second game on its four-game homestand on Thursday against Hartford. That game will begin at 4 p.m.