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Friday’s colleges: UMass needs to beat Fordham twice to win Atlantic 10 Tournament



Saturday, May 12, 2018

To capture its first Atlantic 10 Tournament since 2012, the UMass softball team is going to have to win twice on Saturday in New York.

The top-seeded Minutewomen fell to host and defending champion Fordham, 4-1, Friday, launching the Rams into the championship game of the double-elimination event. UMass (34-13) dropped into the losers’ bracket, where they defeated Dayton, 6-2.

The Minutewomen will play Fordham at 11 a.m. Saturday. The start time was moved up in hopes of avoiding predicted rain. If the Rams prevail, they will be crowned champions and get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. If UMass wins, the teams would play a winner-take-all second game.

Amherst College 2, Western New England 0 — The Mammoths scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to open NCAA Tournament play with a win over the Golden Bears at Williams College.

Lorena Ukanwa allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight for Amherst (28-6).

Amherst will play in the winners’ bracket game Saturday at 11 a.m. against Williams.

Baseball

Fordham 3, UMass 0; Fordham 4, UMass 1 — Justin Voghel had two hits in Game 2 of the doubleheader and drove in the Minutemen’s only run on Friday. Fordham scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to break the 1-1 tie in Game 2.

Catcher Keith Linnane had two of UMass’ four hits in the first game for the Minutemen (14-25, 5-15 Atlantic 10).

Amherst College 3, Bates (12) — Sam Ellinwood was 3-for-5 and Max Steinhorn added two hits as the Mammoths (22-12) advanced to play Tufts, in Hartford at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the NESCAC Tournament.