Minutewomen Complete Perfect Atlantic 10 Slate With Sweep At La Salle
May 6, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Massachusetts swept a doubleheader at La Salle Sunday to complete a perfect Atlantic 10 schedule and take a 19-game winning streak into this week's conference tournament.
With the victories by scores of 5-1 and 11-6 in six innings, UMass (35-11, 19-0 A-10) joined eight prior teams in league history - all Minutewomen squads - to complete an undefeated season.
Plourde (33-9) struck out 16 and allowed a run on two hits in the first game, with Webster (1-0) earning the win in her first appearance of the season with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of six-hit work.
UMass will now head to the Atlantic 10 Championship in St. Louis, Mo. as the No. 1 seed. The Minutewomen have a bye into the second day of play and will face the winner of No. 4 George Washington and No. 5 Charlotte on Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern Time at the Billiken Sports Complex.
UMass got on the board in the first game with a two-run single by Kyllie Magill in the third inning. Matthew added to the total an inning later when the slap-hitter placed a two-run shot over the wall in right-center. It was the junior's first homer in 352 plate appearances at UMass.
Webster completed the scoring in the fifth with a solo line-drive over the fence in left. That made it 5-0 Minutewomen before Kati Cooper scored for the Explorers in the seventh.
UMass jumped all over La Salle in the second game with three runs in the first, highlighted by Plourde's team-leading 11th home run of the season - a two-run shot to right-center.
Christine Della Vecchia manufactured the lone run in the second when she singled, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a Matthew sacrifice fly.
Battencourt's two-run long ball in the third was her fifth of the year and extended the UMass lead to 6-0. Stephanie Mayne singled-home Mikayla Panko in the fifth and Webster's 240-foot, three-run blast to center capped-off a four-run sixth.
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