UMass Primed For St. Bonaventure Twice On Saturday
March 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Riding a two-game winning streak and the comfort of playing at home, the Massachusetts softball team will face St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch at Sortino Field is set for Noon.
UMass (4-16, 1-1 Atlantic 10) hosts the Bonnies as part of a home stretch where the Mintuewomen are playing eight of 10 in Amherst. They currently have a 14-game wining streak at home.
The offense has started to come around in the past few games. UMass has averaged 8.1 runs and 12 hits per contest in its last three. Additionally, the Minutewomen are more patient at the plate, drawing 12 total walks in the stretch and striking out a season-low four times in Wednesday's 8-7 win over Boston College.
The pitching staff is gaining more confidence as well, with redshirt freshman Emma Mendoker working out of a couple of tough situations Wednesday. A game earlier it was junior Caroline Raymond who didn't crack in 3.1 innings of relief at Dayton when the Flyers threatened to rally late in the 14-12 UMass win.
St. Bonaventure will come to Amherst following a Friday doubleheader at Rhode Island. The Bonnies are currently 4-20 overall and 1-3 in league play. They are in the midst of an eight-game stretch away from Olean to begin conference action. were swept at Butler before splitting a doubleheader at Saint Louis last week.
he Minutewomen are 47-1 all-time against the Bonnies, having won the last eight games in the series. UMass has posted 23 shutouts and held SBU hitless six times, most recently a perfect game by Sara Plourde a year ago in Olean. Prior to that, Plourde no-hit the Bonnies in Amherst in 2011 and Brandice Balschmiter in 2008 in Olean.