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UMass Clinches Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Title With 6-1 Win At Fordham

Sara Plourde struck out six and drove in two on Saturday.


Sara Plourde struck out six and drove in two on Saturday.

May 5, 2012

Box Score

BRONX, N.Y. - Massachusetts scored three runs in the fifth and seventh innings to defeat Fordham 6-1 at Bahoshy Field on Saturday.

With the win, UMass (33-11, 17-0 Atlantic 10) secured the No. 1 seed in next week's A-10 Tournament and claimed its 23rd conference regular-season title.

Sara Plourde (32-9) was solid in the circle as she struck out six and allowed one run on two hits. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run homer ? her tenth of the season and ninth in league play.

Cyndil Matthew collected a game-high three hits, including a triple that ignited the rally in the fifth. Quianna Diaz-Patterson followed Matthew's hit with a walk and stolen base before Kyllie Magill had a two-out, two-run single to put UMass up 2-0. Magill, who had five hits in the two games against the Rams, scored a batter later on Lindsey Webster's base hit.

Fordham's Chelsea Polumbo got one of the runs back in the bottom-half with a leadoff solo home run to left.

The Minutewomen put the game out of reach in the seventh. Matthew singled, stole second and was driven in by a Diaz-Patterson single. Two outs later, Plourde belted a Taylor Pirone offering onto the tennis courts beyond the 25-foot netting above the left field fence.

The top five in the Minutewomen order combined for all nine hits.

Fordham (30-22, 14-4) suffered its third-consecutive home loss. Michelle Daubman (3-5) was the losing pitcher after she allowed three runs on six hits. She struck out four and walked one.

UMass will conclude the regular-season on Sunday at La Salle (9-38, 3-15). The doubleheader at West Campus Field is scheduled to begin at Noon and can be heard online at UMassAtheltics.com.

 

 

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