Plourde's 18 Strikeouts, Two RBI Power UMass Past George Washington

Sara Plourde struck out 18 Colonial batters on Thursday.

Sara Plourde struck out 18 Colonial batters on Thursday.

May 10, 2012

Box Score

ST. LOUIS - Sara Plourde struck out 18 batters and drove in a pair of runs to lead No. 1 seed Massachusetts to a 5-2 win over No. 4 George Washington on the second day of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship at the Billiken Sports Center Thursday.

UMass (36-11) scored the final four runs in the game and outhit the Colonials 8-2 in winning its 20th-consecutive game. The Minutewomen advance to Friday's semifinal where they will meet No. 2 seed Fordham at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Plourde (34-9) threw her 40th complete game as she allowed two runs on two hits. She struck out 18 in a seven-inning game for the sixth time in her career, two shy of her career high in a 7-inning game. The senior also went 2-for-2 with a single and a double, in addition to being hit by a pitch.

Additionally, Plourde surpassed the 500-strikeout mark for the second time in her career. This marks the 18th time a Division I player has accomplished the feat.

Centerfielder Christine Della Vecchia went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI for UMass.

The Minutewomen scored a run in the first when Cyndil Matthew was driven in on a two-out single from Plourde.

GW took its only lead of the contest in the third when shortstop Tori Valos belted a two-out, two-run home run to left.

UMass tied it at 2-2 in the next half-inning when Plourde hit a line drive off the wall in center that scored Kyllie Magill. The Minutewomen two more in the fourth when Della Vecchia scored from second on a infield error before Magill singled home Matthew.

UMass plated the final run on a Della Vecchia double in the fifth.

George Washington (23-29) drops into the loser's bracket and will face the Charlotte-Saint Joseph's winner on Friday afternoon. Reliever Kara Clauss (14-18) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of work.



UMass improved to 77-17 all-time in A-10 Tournament play.
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