UMass Falls To Fordham In 10, 1-0, Plays At 5 PM
May 13, 2011
CHARLOTTE - For nine innings Sara Plourde and Jen Mineau kept the offenses off the scoreboard, dueling until Lindsay Kay Bright drove in Beckah Wiggins from third base on a groundball in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Fordham (40-17) a 1-0 win over UMass (29-18) and send the Rams to Saturday Atlantic 10 Championship game. The second-seeded Minutewomen will face the winner of No. 3 Saint Joseph and No. 5 Charlotte at 5 p.m. in an elimination game, with the winner taking on Fordham for the title.
On the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th, Wiggins doubled to left-center and advanced to third on the second pitch, a wild pitch. Bright grounded the 0-1 pitch to shortstop and Wiggins slid in ahead of the tag by Meghan Carta after Jordan Storro's throw.
Plourde (27-14) struck out 10 batters and allowed just four hits and walked four in 9+ innings. The junior allowed just one hit, a second-inning infield single by Chelsea Palumbo, through the first seven frames before allowing one hit each in the three extra innings.
Mineau (22-7) overcame walks in the first and second innings to settle in and retire 13 batters before Lindsey Webster recorded UMass' first hit with an infield single in the sixth. The junior finished with six strikeouts in 10 innings and allowed two hits and three walks.
Tiffany Meeks added an infield single for UMass in the seventh and Kyllie Magill reached on an error in the eighth as the Minutewomen stranded a runner in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
Christine Della Vecchia led off the top of the 10th with a walk, but after a strikeout she was thrown out stealing, ending the UMass threat.
St. Joe's and Charlotte meet in a 3 p.m. elimination game to determine who will face the Minutewomen at 5 p.m.