Meeks' 4-RBI Effort Leads UMass Past Saint Joseph's, 8-2
April 20, 2012
UMass (23-11, 9-0 Atlantic 10) scored four runs in the first inning before adding another four in the fifth to extend its win streak to a season-best seven games. The Minutewomen improved to 12-1 in their last 13 games and 5-0 at home.
Plourde (21-9) allowed just three hits with one walk and a hit batter.
Saint Joseph's (16-23, 5-6) scored both of its runs on a pair of solo home runs by catcher Lauren Rendon. Erin Gallagher (7-12) suffered the loss as she allowed seven earned runs on nine hits, with four strikeouts and four walks.
Second baseman Kyllie Magill got the scoring started in the first for UMass with a bases-loaded double that scored Cyndil Matthew and Quianna Diaz-Patterson. Two batters later, Meeks singled through the right side and drove in Magill and Katie Bettencourt for the early four-run lead.
Rendon put the first score on the board for the Hawks an inning later with her shot just inside the leftfield foul pole before Plourde regrouped and struck out the next three batters.
Neither team did much the next few frames before the Minutewomen put the game out of reach with four runs on four hits in the fifth. Lindsey Webster had an RBI single that was followed by a Meeks 2-run single. Matthew then slapped one back up the middle to plate Meeks for the Minutewomen's eighth run.
Rendon led off the seventh with a homer over the wall in center to bring her season total to eight and make it an 8-2 ballgame.
Bettencourt finished the day with a pair of hits and scored twice. Magill also scored two times and drove in a pair of runs.
The two teams will conclude their 2-game series on Saturday at Noon. On Sunday, UMass and Temple will play a doubleheader at Noon.
UMass Post Game Notes: Despite a 15-20-mph win blowing out all game, Sara Plourde saw her streak of consecutive games with a home run end at five, leaving her one shy of tying the NCAA record. She also recorded double-digit strikeouts for the seventh-straight game and 23rd time in 30 starts ... Cyndil Matthew collected her team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the year and increased her batting avg to a league-high .421 ... Quianna Diaz-Patterson saw her 12-game hitting streak end but did reach base for the 13th-consecutive game.
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