UMass Opens Atlantic 10 Action At SLU On Saturday
March 22, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Massachusetts softball team will open Atlantic 10 Conference action on Saturday at Saint Louis with a doubleheader, beginning at Noon Central time.
UMass is 3-12 on the year, while SLU will enter with a 12-11 mark.
The Minutewomen are hitting .230 on the year with seven home runs.
Junior SS Quianna Diaz-Patterson leads the offense with a .386 average, three doubles and a .491 on-base percentage. Freshman OF Cote Clark is the only other player posting a batting average over .300, at .302.
In the circle, four pitchers have combined for a 5.69 earned run average while battling various injuries through the first six weeks of the year.
For the Billikens, freshman OF Mackenzie Peteris hitting .350 at the plate, followed by classmate, SS Alex Nickel at .339. Brianna Lore is 8-7 with a 3.27 ERA, while sophomore Laney Kneib is 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA. The Billikens have a .260 team batting average and a 3.47 team ERA.