March 21, 2013
Minutewomen Heads To Dayton In A-10 Opener
The UMass softball team (2-13) open Atlantic 10 play with a road series against Dayton (6-12) Friday and Saturday at the UD Softball Stadium. Friday's game will start at 3 p.m. ET and Saturday's contest at Noon ET.
Live video and stats of every UMass game are available online at UMassAthletics.com. Additionally, live stats and a live audio broadcast are available for most remaining road games, including the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in early May that UMass will host.
Travel Advisory From The Dayton Athletic Department; Please Use Free Shuttle From Marriott on Patterson Blvd.
With Dayton hosting NCAA Men's Basketball Second & Third Round action, along with home baseball and softball series, the university is offering free shuttle service to the UD Softball Field. The shuttle can be picked up at the Marriott on the campus side of the Great Miami River, located at 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. and will drop patrons off at the softball field.
Dayton enters the weekend at 6-12 overall and are 0-2 at home. The Flyers lost their first six contests and have played .500 ball since, including dropping a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Bowling Green last Saturday in Dayton.
Series With Dayton
The Minutewomen are 29-3 all-time against the Flyers, having won the last 17 games in the series. UMass has posted 13 shutouts and held Dayton hitless twice - Brandice Balschmiter had a perfect game in 2008 and Sara Plourde collected her first-career no-hitter in 2009.
Last season in Amherst, UMass swept a "doubleheader" as the series took approximately 20 hours to complete. Sara Plourde struck out 17 and hit a home run in the 3-1 victory in game one, before the second game was halted due to dark ness. The teams were attempting to play both games on Friday to beat a forecasted Nor'easter that never came. UMass jumped on Dayton starter Sarah Wedel with 10 runs in the second inning en route to a 13-1 victory. The game was suspended at the end of three innings before the Minutewomen completed the sweep on Saturday. For the weekend, Cyndil Matthew and Plourde reached base five times in seven plate appearances.
Two years ago in Dayton, Matthew went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, Meghan Carta hit a third-inning grand slam, Stephanie Mayne homered on the very next pitch, and Plourde struck out 17 to lead UMass to a 9-1 victory on a rainy Friday afternoon at the Dayton Softball Stadium.
Three years ago in Amherst, Plourde struck out 23 Flyers in picking up a pair of wins. Katie Bettencourt had five hits with three doubles and drove in four on the day.
UMass Brings 22-Game A-10 Winning Streak Into The Weekend
UMass has won its last 22 games against Atlantic 10 Conference teams. The Minutewomen went 19-0 in the regular-season a year ago before sweeping through the postseason tournament with three victories. The 19-game streak in league play has a long way to go before it approaches the most recent win streak, a 49-game stretch that the Minutewomen compiled from the start of the 2007 season through a split with Charlotte in April of 2009.
Home Opener Just Around The Corner
Following this weekend's action, UMass will open its home season on Wednesday when it plays host to Boston College at Sortino Field at 3 p.m. The Minutewomen will welcome St. Bonaventure to the Pioneer Valley for an Easter Sunday doubleheader, March 31 at Noon.