Tiffany Meeks Homers Twice, Drives In Five In Doubleheader Sweep Of Saint Joseph's
April 27, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Tiffany Meeks had a senior day to remember, hitting two home runs and driving in five to help propel Massachusetts to a doubleheader sweep over Saint Joseph's at Sortino Field Sunday.
UMass (13-19, 7-5 Atlantic 10) scored the first four runs in the first game for a 4-1 win, before scoring four in its last two plate appearances in the nightcap for a 6-5 victory.
With the win, the Minutewomen remained perfect at home in seven games this year and moved into third place in the league standings with a .583 winning percentage.
UMass has four A-10 games remaining in the regular-season, beginning with a home doubleheader against Rhode Island on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Game One - UMass won 4-1
Jena Cozza went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI to lead the UMass offense in the first game.
UMass got on the board in the first when Quianna Diaz-Patterson led off with a walk and scored on Cozza's triple to the track in right center.
Both teams threatened in the second but were unable to push any runs across.
UMass got a big inning in the third with a pair of home runs to left. First Cozza had a solo shot off the top of the scoreboard before Meeks deposited a 2-run blast into the scoreboard netting three batters later.
The Hawks scored their lone run of the game with two outs in the sixth. Isabella Picard walked and stole second before scoring when Cozza's throw to first was wide and allowed the Hawk right fielder to reach home.
Caroline Raymond (8-10) struck out three and scattered four hits for the complete-game victory.
Game Two - UMass won 6-5
SJU led 4-2 after three and a half innings before UMass scored four unanswered to regain control of the game.
Diaz-Patterson started the contest with a single to lead things off for UMass and moved to second on a Cozza sacrifice. Lindsey Webster then put her 23rd career home run over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks cut the margin in half in the second on a similar play as in the first game. Cozza made a diving stop of a hard hit ball from Maria Ficca but threw wildly to first which allowed Ashley Alden to score from second. They tied it at 2-2 on Melissa Ruf's RBI single two batters later. The Minutewomen got out of the jam by cutting down Picard at home on a double-steal attempt.
The Hawks took their first lead of the day, 4-2, with two more unearned runs in the fourth. SJU put runners in scoring position after an Alden bloop single, a hit batter to Hannah Dionne and a sac bunt. Both runs scored on a fielding error and subsequent rundown at home that had a dropped ball on the tag of pinch runner Kerrie Kortmann.
UMass got a score back in the fourth with a bases-loaded walk to cut the deficit to 4-3, but was unable to capitalize any further after SJU brought in Mendez to pitch. She induced a force out at home and a strikeout to get out of the tight spot.
Cozza doubled to lead off the fifth to extend her hitting streak to a career best six games. After Bridget Lemire walked, Meeks homered off the second fence in left-center to put the Minutewomen back on top, 6-4.
Saint Joe's put some pressure on in the seventh when Sarah Yoos walked and scored on a triple by Nicole Palase, trimming the UMass lead to 6-5. But the Minutewomen turned their third double play of the day when Dionne lined out to Meeks at first who then double-off Alden at second.
Tara Klee (5-5) fanned three in a complete-game win. Only one of the five runs scored was earned as UMass committed five errors in the contest.
Liz Mendez (8-11) absorbed both losses for the Hawks.
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