Plourde, Reeves Lift UMass To 3-0 Win In A-10s
May 13, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Sarah Reeves smacked two solo home runs and sophomore Sara Plourde struck out 16 Hawks as #21 UMass topped Saint Joseph's, 3-0 in the A-10 Tournament on Thursday at the UMass Softball Complex. The No. 1 seed Minutewomen (39-7-1) will move on to the conference semifinals and will play Friday at noon vs. No. 2 seed Fordham. The Minutewomen are now undefeated in 25 straight games, the longest streak in the nation, going 24-0-1 since losing to Long Beach State on March 21.
Plourde (37-5) moved into a tie for 14th in single-season strikeouts with 517 through 47 games this season. She is tied with Katherine Burkhart from Arizona State, who also K'd 517 in 2007. Plourde allowed three hits and one walk while logging her 16th shutout and nation's-leading 37th victory.
Reeves smacked a pair of homers for the fourth time in her career with two homers to leftfield. She put UMass ahead 2-0 with her tater in the third and 3-0 in the sixth with her second longshot of the game, this time a high drive that just snuck inside the left field pole. The UMass co-captain now has nine home runs on the season and four in seven career A-10 Tournament games.
Plourde mowed down the Hawks in fine fashion all afternoon. Only eight of 24 batters put the ball into play. The Hawks never had more than one runner on base in any inning of the game.
Carly Normandin was 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
Taryn Ashway (5-9) took the loss for the Hawks, allowing six hits and won walk while striking out three.
UMass and Fordham, the tournament's top two seeds, will meet in the first game of the day on Friday, with the winner advancing to Saturday's 2 p.m. final. The loser will play in the 4 p.m. game against the winner of the 2 p.m. game between No. 3 Charlotte and the winner between No. 4 Saint Louis and No. 5 Saint Joseph's in Thursday's final game.
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