Tiffany Meeks' Grand Slam Highlights 9-0 Win Over Temple
April 22, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts got clutch at-bats and a one-hitter from Sara Plourde en route to a 9-0 win in five innings over Temple at the UMass Softball Complex Sunday. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to the heavy rains that entered the Pioneer Valley late in game one.
UMass (25-11, 11-0 Atlantic 10) stayed perfect in A-10 play with eight games remaining in the league schedule. The Minutewomen finished with six hits, tied for their fifth-fewest in a win this season.
Both teams were held hitless through the first two-and-a-half innings but UMass did manufacture a run in the second for a 1-0 lead. Kyllie Magill and Tiffany Meeks each walked and Lindsey Webster was hit to load the bases. Magill then scored on a Teea Rogers sacrifice fly to right-center.
The Minutewomen pushed two more runs across in the third. Cyndil Matthew walked, stole second and reached third on a throwing error before scoring on a line-drive single by Quianna Diaz-Patterson. Diaz-Patterson moved to second on a Katie Bettencourt sacrifice bunt before scoring on a Plourde single up the middle.
UMass put together the big inning in the fourth when it sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on just three hits - the big blow coming on a Meeks grand slam through the 15 mile-per-hour wind and over the wall in right-center. It was her fourth homer of the season and the second grand slam for UMass in 2012.
With a 9-0 lead and the rain starting to fall, the only question remaining was if Plourde would hold her perfect game needing just three outs to claim the mercy-rule victory. That went away with a walk to the leadoff batter and the no-hitter was spoiled with two outs and two strikes on Lacey McKeon when she singled back up the middle under the glove of a diving Diaz-Patterson.
But Plourde ended the game with her 11th strikeout to improve to 24-9 on the year and secure the ninth-consecutive win for the Minutewomen.
Brooklin White (12-9) took the loss for Temple (22-19, 7-5) as she allowed seven runs on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks in 3.2 innings.
UMass will continue its homestand on Tuesday when it plays host to Rhode Island in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.