Diaz-Patterson, Plourde Earn Weekly Atlantic 10 Softball Awards

Sara Plourde followed Sunday's Senior Day ceremony with a pair of victories against Charlotte.

Sara Plourde followed Sunday's Senior Day ceremony with a pair of victories against Charlotte.

April 30, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts freshman Quianna Diaz-Patterson and senior Sara Plourde were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Rookie and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as announced by the league office on Monday.

Diaz-Patterson posted one of the most productive weeks of any player in the league as she hit .643 with an on-base pct. of .706 and a slugging pct. of 1.071. The shortstop from Amherst, Mass. also collected at least one hit, one run and one RBI in all five games.

She drove in the eventual game-winning run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Rhode Island and scored the eventual game-winners in both games against Charlotte on Sunday.

Diaz-Patterson saw her batting average climb for the eighth-consecutive week to a season-high .378. In 15 A-10 games she is hitting .511 with nine extra-base hits, an .872 slugging pct., 23 RBI and a 1.000 fielding pct.

Plourde continued her strong play as she went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA to extend both her and the UMass team winning streaks to 14 games. A native of Bristol, Conn., she posted double-digit strikeouts in four games while tossing a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Fairfield, her seventh of the season.

She struck out 52 batters while holding opponents to a .119 batting avg. Offensively, Plourde had two hits, a home run and four RBI, including the game-winner in the 3-1 win over Charlotte on Sunday.

UMass (30-11) will return to action on Wednesday when it plays host to Boston University (33-13) in its final regular-season home game. First pitch at the UMass Softball Complex is set for 5 p.m. In last week?s NCAA RPI, the Minutewomen were listed at No. 36 while the Terriers came in at No. 39.

Autumn Taylor of George Washington was named the league's Player of the Week as she batted .545 (6-for-11) with two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored. The Severna Park, Md., native recorded a base hit in each game, including a four-hit performance against St. Bonaventure in which she finished just a triple short of the cycle.




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