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Four Minutewomen Earn All-Conference Honors

Cyndil Matthew finished her career as a three-time all-conference honoree.


Cyndil Matthew finished her career as a three-time all-conference honoree.

May 7, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts senior outfielders Katie Bettencourt and Cyndil Matthew were named First Team All-Atlantic 10 in a vote of the league's head coaches and announced by the A-10 Tuesday.

Additionally, junior first baseman Tiffany Meeks earned Second Team honors and freshman second baseman Taylor Carbone was placed onto to the All-Rookie team.

Matthew earns her third all-conference honor and her second-consecutive appearance on the first team. She ranks fourth in the league with a .380 avg. and first in steals with 31 - ninth in the nation. The senior from Westfield, N.J. was a second-team honoree as a sophomore.

The starting centerfielder was also named to the 10-member All-Academic Team for the second-consecutive season. She currently carries a 3.3 grade point average in kinesiology.

Matthew finished her career fourth in school history with a .362 batting avg., ninth with 124 runs scored, tied for fourth with a .443 on-base pct. and third with 92 stolen bases.

Bettencourt earned first-team accolades for the second time in her UMass career. The senior right fielder from Salem, N.H. had 11 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games in 2012. She hit .330 with six home runs and 34 RBI this season, while completing her career with 20 home runs to rank ninth all-time at UMass.

Meeks hit .352 and led the Minutewomen with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 40 RBI during the 2013 campaign. In A-10 play she was third in the league with a .425 avg, while hitting seven long balls to rank sixth. In a doubleheader at Rhode Island last Tuesday, the native of Salinas, Calif. tied an NCAA record with a home run in four-consecutive at-bats.

Carbone came in as a true freshman and started all 43 games at second base. A two-time New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year from Hudson, N.H., she hit .305 with 18 RBI on the season, including .324 with 13 RBI in 22 conference games.

 

 

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