UMass Slugs Seven Home Runs In Sweep Of Rhode Island
April 30, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - Tiffany Meeks hit four-consecutive home runs over two games and Caroline Raymond threw a pair of complete-game shutouts as Massachusetts swept a doubleheader over Rhode Island at the URI Softball Complex Tuesday.
UMass (17-22, 11-7 Atlantic 10) hit seven home runs, including a school-record tying four in the second game. The Minutewomen claimed a 7-0 win in game one and a 10-0 run-rule victory in five innings in game two.
Meeks finished the day 4-for-5 with seven RBI and was intentionally walked after she had gone deep in four-consecutive at-bats. She has hit six home runs in the last four games, while hitting six long balls in six career games against URI.
Katie Bettencourt led all players with five hits on the day, which included her sixth home run of the season in the first inning second game. Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Cyndil Matthew also recorded four hits each.
While the UMass offense was collecting a combined 26 hits on the Rams, Raymond put together one of her better two-game performances of the season. She allowed just three hits and struck out eight over 12 innings. She improved to 14-11 overall and 10-6 in A-10 play.
In addition to the seven home runs, UMass collected three doubles and a triple on the day.
URI (9-34, 2-15) saw its losing streak move to 15 overall and 24 against UMass. Taylor Archer had two hits for the Rams.
After a scoreless first two innings, Diaz-Patterson doubled and scored on a Bettencourt single to put UMass ahead 1-0. Webster homered an inning later to double the lead.
Meeks highlighted a 3-run fourth with a two run home run before adding another 2-run blast in the seventh to allow for the 7-0 win.
UMass got back-to-back solo homers from Bettencourt and Meeks in the top of the first to set the tone for the game. Rogers joined the homer party in the third before Meeks' fourth blast of the day was another 2-run hit in the fourth that pushed the lead to 5-0.
The Minutewomen used five hits and benefitted from two Ram errors to scored four in the fourth before leaving the bases loaded. Rogers scored the tenth run on a Diaz-Patterson single.
All 10 runs were scored with two outs.
UMass will play its final four regular-season games at home, beginning Friday with Butler at 3 p.m. The Minutewomen will have Senior Day on Saturday at Noon against the Bulldogs before hosting Saint Louis on Sunday as part of the Annual Fan Fest.