AMHERST, Mass. –
Freshman Lacey McKeon
broke up a no-hitter bid for Massachusetts in the fifth inning, but the Owls softball team fell to the Atlantic 10-leading Minutewomen in a 9-0 run-shortened game on Sunday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was called due to heavy rain that entered the area late in game one.
Both teams were held hitless through the first two-and-a-half innings but UMass UMass (25-11, 11-0 A10) did manufacture a run in the second for a 1-0 lead. Kyllie Magill and Tiffany Meeks each walked and Lindsey Webster was hit to load the bases. Magill then scored on a Teea Rogers sacrifice fly to right-center.
The Minutewomen pushed two more runs across in the third. Cyndil Matthew walked, stole second and reached third on a throwing error before scoring on a line-drive single by Quianna Diaz-Patterson. Diaz-Patterson moved to second on a Katie Bettencourt sacrifice bunt before scoring on a Sara Plourde single up the middle.
UMass put together the big inning in the fourth when it sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on just three hits - the big blow coming on a Meeks grand slam over the wall in right-center.
With a 9-0 lead and the rain starting to fall, Plourde was tossing a perfect game needing just three outs to claim the mercy-rule victory. That went away, however, with a walk to leadoff batter Stephanie Pasquale
and the no-hitter was spoiled with two outs and two strikes on McKeon when she singled back up the middle under the glove of a diving Diaz-Patterson.
With the bases loaded, Plourde ended the game with her 11th strikeout to improve to 24-9 on the year and secure the ninth-consecutive win for the Minutewomen.
(12-9) took the loss for Temple (22-19, 7-5 A10) as she allowed seven runs on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks in 3.2 innings.
TU stays on the road for a pair of conference games at Saint Joseph's on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.