April 21, 2010

Softball No-Hit In 6-0 Loss To No. 22 UMass-Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. -University of Massachusetts-Amherst's starting pitcher Sara Plourde threw a no-hitter against the Quinnipiac University softball team this evening, striking out eight and walking two in the 6-0 victory. Bobcats' freshmen Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) and Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) drew the walks on the day as the team's overall record drops to 21-21 on the year. With the win, the No. 22-ranked Minutewomen's record improves to 28-7 this season.

The Bobcats saw their best scoring opportunity in the first inning, when Salgado walked as the lead-off batter. The quick freshman stole second in the following play, good for her 13th stolen base of the season. With two outs on the board, Salgado advanced to third on a passed ball giving Quinnipiac their best scoring threat of the game, but the following batter hit a fly ball to the left fielder to close out the inning.

UMass tallied all six runs in three consecutive innings. Three unearned runs crossed in the second and third innings, as Bobcat errors contributed to their base running status. Senior Jessica Serio and freshman Teea Rogers were credited with RBI on two of the team's first three runs. The third run was scored by senior Jill Andrews, who stole home in the second.

Three more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth, boosting the lead to 6-0. Senior Carly Normandin scored the first run of the inning on an RBI-single to center by sophomore Kyllie Magill. With Magill at first, senior Sarah Reeves stepped to the plate and smacked her seventh homer of the season over left field to improve the Minutewomen lead to six.

Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) pitched the complete game for Quinnipiac, throwing six innings on the day. Bellush earned three runs on five hits allowed and struck out one batter on the day. Plourde, who leads the nation in strikeouts, earned her 27th win of the season for UMass and struck out eight batters in the no-hit effort.

The Bobcats return to action this weekend when they host Wagner College in a Northeast Conference doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden.