• The Massachusetts softball team will bring its four-game Atlantic 10 Conference winning streak into a weekend series against the top two teams in the league standings, beginning Thursday at La Salle. After a Friday contest with the Explorers, the Minutewomen will travel to Rose Hill for a Saturday doubleheader against Fordham.
• All four games will be broadcast online at UMassAtheltics.com and on the Atlantic 10 Conference’s mobile site for free.
UMASS OFFENSE HEATING UP
• Part of the reason UMass has won seven of its last eight has been the strong offensive numbers the squad has posted. The team has hit .373 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles and a triple during that stretch, which has raised the season BA from .232 to .283, the second-highest in the league.
• In A-10 play, UMass leads the league in BA (.357), slugging pct. (.596) and on-base pct. (.414), runs (46) and RBI (42). The Minutewomen are second in HR with 10, well behind La Salle’s league-best 15.
RAYMOND COMING AROUND IN THE CIRCLE
• Redshirt junior Caroline Raymond has shown solid improvement over the past three weeks, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.82 earned run average. Her season ERA has also decreased by 0.87 to 3.11, which ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10. The Downingtown, Pa. native was named the co-Pitcher of the Week by the A-10 after going 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 15 strikeouts.
ABOUT LA SALLE
• The Explorers are experiencing their best season in recent memory, sitting at 14-14 overall and in second place in the Atlantic 10 with a 6-2 mark. La Salle has three players hitting over .325 and four at .295 or better, led by Suzanne Swanicke at .363 – 6th in the A-10.
• Alicia Aughton and Mary Cate Scott have combined for all 28 decisions in the circle. Aughton leads the league with a 1.71 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 14 walks in 78 innings.
SERIES WITH LA SALLE
• UMass has won all 39 meetings with La Salle and holds a 21-0 record in games played in Philadelphia. The Minutewomen have held the Explorers scoreless 25 times and hitless four times.
• Last season, UMass claimed wins of 8-0 (5 innings) and 5-0 in Amherst, with Caroline Raymond collecting both decisions while holding the Explorers to a combined three hits in the 12 innings.