UMass Shuts Down Hartford, 8-0 In Five Innings
April 18, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team pounded out five extra-base hits, highlighted by a Tiffany Meeks three-run home run to defeat Hartford, 8-0 in five innings at Sortino Field Thursday.
Two days after being held to five hits in an 8-7 win over Connecticut, UMass (14-17) collected 10 hits in 20 at-bats and posted its seventh-consecutive victory.
Caroline Raymond (11-7) went the distance for the seventh-straight outing, striking out two while scattering five hits.
All nine batters reached base for the Minutewomen. Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Cyndil Matthew and Teea Rogers all had two hits to pace the UMass attack. In addition to Meeks' three RBI on her third homer of the year, Rogers also drove in multiple runs with two.
Brittany Beebe (2-5) took the loss for Hartford (15-24). She allowed five unearned runs with four walks and a strikeout.
The Minutewomen struck first with a run in the second as Christine Della Vecchia trotted home from third on a Rogers single to left.
UMass put the game out of reach with seven runs on five hits in the fourth.
Della Vecchia led off with a walk and scored from first on Lindsey Webster's double that screamed along the grass to the wall in right center. Two batters later, Webster scored when Rogers doubled to right.
A single from Diaz-Patterson that turned left fielder Maggie Betz around, fell on the warning track and brought Rogers home to push the lead to 4-0.
Diaz-Patterson scored the fifth run when Bettencourt's slow roller went through the legs of third baseman Melani Maxwell. Meeks followed with her blast to dead center.
Raymond fought out of a pair of base-loaded situations, getting Chelsey Mooney to foul out in the first and ground out in the fifth to end the game.
UMass will conclude its homestand on Sunday as it returns to Atlantic 10 play with a doubleheader at Noon against George Washington.