Senior Day Sweep As UMass Takes Two From Charlotte, 3-1 and 8-0
April 29, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team got solid pitching from senior Sara Plourde and timely hitting to sweep Charlotte, 3-1 and 8-0, in a doubleheader in front of a standing-room only crowd on Senior Day at the UMass Softball Complex Sunday.
UMass (30-11, 15-0 Atlantic 10) ran its winning streak to 14 games and improved to 12-0 at home this season with one game remaining, Wednesday against Boston University at 5 p.m. The team will conclude the regular season at Fordham and La Salle next weekend.
Plourde (29-9) won both games for UMass as she combined to strikeout 14 while holding the 49ers to .122 hitting. She also picked up her 11th shutout of the season.
Charlotte (26-22, 9-9) was led on offense by Briana Gwaltney who collected two base hits and scored their lone run on the day.
UMass opened the scoring in the first game when junior Cyndil Matthew led off the third inning with a triple before scoring a batter later on a Diaz-Patterson single. Plourde drove in Diaz-Patterson on a ground out two batters later.
Sophomore Tiffany Meeks made it a 3-0 UMass lead in the fourth when she homered to left field. It was her sixth of the year and second solo blast this week.
Charlotte cut in to the margin when Gwaltney scored from second on an infield hit by Kalie Lang. But Plourde retired seven of the final eight batters to secure the win.
In the second game, the UMass bats came alive as the team combined for eight runs on eight hits over just under five innings of play. The Minutewomen scored one run in each of the first three innings, which included an RBI double from Diaz-Patterson in the second and a solo home run by Plourde in the third, her team-leading ninth this season.
UMass pushed three runs across in the fourth to extend its lead to 6-0. Diaz-Patterson had a 2-run triple before scoring a batter later on a groundout by junior Katie Bettencourt.
UMass has now defeated seven of its eight league opponents by the 'run-rule' in at least one of their two meetings each.