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UMass Softball Wins; Learns of Head Coach Sortino’s Cancer After Win

AMHERST, Mass. (UMass Athletics)Cyndil Matthew and Teea Rogers each collected two hits while Sara Plourde struck out 12 to lead the Massachusetts softball team past Boston College, 4-2, at the UMass Softball Complex Wednesday.

UMass (17-11) finished with six hits in winning 14th-consecutive game over the Eagles. Plourde (16-9) picked up the win as she scattered five hits in her 22nd complete game of the season.

BC (19-13) was led by Andrea Filler’s two hits and two RBIs. Starter Amanda Horowitz (8-6) took the loss after allowing the game’s first two runs and four hits.

UMass got on the board in the first when Matthew led off with a single and later scored on a Kyllie Magil base hit to right. The Minutewomen added to their lead when Rogers led off the second inning with a home run to left into the teeth of a 20-mile-per-hour wind. It was her first of the year.

UMass increased its margin to four runs when it plated two scores. Quianna Diaz-Patterson scored from second on a throwing error by Brittany Wilkins who was attempting to complete a 6-2-3 bases loaded double play. Instead, Wilkins’ throw to first was high, allowing the speedy UMass shortstop to record the third run of the game. Magil followed one batter later with a sacrifice fly to right that drove in Katie Bettencourt.

Plourde, meanwhile was cruising along, having retired 11 of 12 Eagles since the first inning before BC came back in the fifth. BC loaded the bases with two out when Filler had a two-run single to left that cut the lead in half at 4-2. But Plourde got Wilkins to ground out and didn’t allow a runner past second the rest of the way, securing UMass’ fourth-straight home victory.

UMass will return to Atlantic 10 play this weekend when it travels to Olean, N.Y. for a Sunday doubleheader with St. Bonaventure. The first game is scheduled to begin at Noon and will be broadcast on the Internet at UMassAthletics.com.


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