Massachusetts Uses Six-Run Sixth To Defeat Dayton, 7-2
May 7, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. - Lindsey Zenk had a pinch-hit 2-run double that allowed No. 4 seed Massachusetts to regain the lead and ignite a 6-run sixth inning as the Minutewomen defeated No. 5 seed Dayton, 7-2, in the opening game of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship at Bahoshy Field Wednesday.
UMass (16-20-1) advances to a winner's bracket game against No. 1 seed Fordham on Thursday at Noon.
It marked the Minutewomen's fourth win of the year secured in their final plate appearance.
Dayton (25-28) had taken a 2-1 advantage after Haynes and Ricks each hit leadoff home runs in the third and sixth innings, respectively.
The Minutewomen then saw their bats come alive in the bottom of the sixth with six of their nine hits coming in their final plate appearance.
After Bridget Lemire was sacrificed to second by Tiffany Meeks, Taylor Carbone singled to left to put runners on the corners. Ashton Wince went down looking for the second out setting up Zenk's clutch at-bat. She put a one-strike offering off the wall in left center that scored both runners and placed her on third after an errant throw home.
Cote Clark followed with an infield single that scored Zenk and extended the lead to 4-2. A Cozza infield single deep in the hole at short allowed Clark to score and moved Diaz-Patterson - who had singled - to third. Lindsey Webster capped off the inning with an opposite field double to right that scored Diaz-Patterson and Cozza for a 7-2 lead.
Caroline Raymond (10-11) finished out her 15th complete game with 122 pitches.
Emily Froment (1-5) was charged with the loss after working three innings of relief. The sophomore struck out five, including Tiffany Meeks with the bases loaded in the third, but allowed three runs on three hits.