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Weekend colleges: UMass softball loses Atlantic 10 title game in extra-innings walk-off

  • Meg Colleran was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 softball tournament despite the Minutewomen not winning the title. They fell 2-1 in extra innings Sunday. RAFAEL SUANES / ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE



Sunday, May 14, 2017

The UMass softball team’s dramatic Sunday finished in disappointing fashion.

After coming from behind to beat Fordham 3-2 in eight innings in the first game to force a second game for the Atlantic 10 championship, the Minutewomen fell to the Rams, 2-1 in nine innings.

UMass finished its season at 29-24, and Fordham (45-15) captured the A-10’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

Minutewoman pitcher Meg Colleran was a rare winner of Most Outstanding Player honors for a losing team. The UMass junior allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in Game 1 while working around 11 hits and a walk in nine innings in game two. She struck out a combined seven batters in the two games.

In Game 1, UMass trailed 2-0 through six innings, but RBIs by Ashton Wince and Candace Denis in the top of the seventh tied the game. In the top of the eighth, Kaitlyn Stavinoha got to third on a three-base error and scored on Jena Cozza’s sacrifice fly. Colleran set down Fordham in order in the bottom of the eighth clinch the win.

UMass carried that momentum into Game 2, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Jena Cozza doubled and scored on an error. The Minutwomen held the lead until the fifthm, when Fordham tied it 1-1. Neither team scored in the sixth, seventh or eighth, but the top-seeded Rams opened the ninth with back to back singles and a fielder’s choice. Madison Aughinbaugh doubled home to winning run to clinch the title for Fordham.

Men’s lacrosse

NCAA Division III Tournament: Bates 26, Amherst 14 — Jack Norton scored five goals in a third-round loss Saturday.

Colin Minicus added two goals and three assists for the Mammoths (13-5).

Brogan Mahon and Jimmy McAfee each had two goals and an assist, while Evan Wolf scored twice.

Connor Sheehan dished out two assists for Amherst.

Baseball

Fordham 5, UMass 4 (9) — Jon Avallone and Nolan Kessinger had two hits and an RBI each in an extra-innings loss Sunday for the Minutemen (13-30, 7-13 A-10).

NESCAC Championship: Amherst 5, Bates 3; Tufts 2, Amherst 1 — Yanni Thanopoulos had three RBIs in a win over Bates and drove in the Mammoths’ run in a loss to Tufts on Saturday.

Sam Schneider struck out five in eight innings of work for Amherst (20-16) against the Jumbos.

Softball

NCAA Division III Tournament: Amherst 2, Salve Regina 0; Amherst 6, UMass-Boston 2 — Kyra Naftel had three hits, and Annie McCluskey drove in two runs against the Beacons, as the Mammoths (31-10) advanced out of regional play Sunday in Springfield.

Ally Kido drove in a run, and Kate Kopatic had two hits against Salve Regina.

Men’s tennis

NCAA Division III Tournament: Williams 5, Amherst 3 — Zach Bessette, Jayson Fung and Oscar Burney won in singles play for the Mammoths (23-6), whose season ended Saturday at home.

Women’s tennis

NCAA Tournament: Florida 4, UMass 0 — The Minutewomen (12-8) didn’t win a set in a first-round loss to the top overall seed Saturday.

It was the final match of Julia Dixon’s coaching career with UMass, as she has announced her retirement following this season.

NCAA Division III Tournament: Amherst 5, Skidmore 1; Middlebury 5, Amherst 0 — The Mammoths defeated the Sharks on Saturday before falling to the Panthers on Sunday.

Amherst (7-10) won at every position except No. 5 singles against Skidmore.

Men’s track & field

New England Championships — Kris Horn won the decathlon for UMass with a school-record 7,417 points.

Dana Pagliuca finished third in the triple jump at 46 feet, 10.75 inches for the Minutemen.

Amherst’s Kristian Sogaard took third in the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 50.3 seconds, while Clark Ricciardelli was third in the 10,000 at 31:02.95.

IC4A Championships — UMass

Women’s track & field

New England Championships — Amherst’s Katherine Treanor won the 10,000-meter title in 35 minutes, 57.37 seconds.

Jada Harris was first in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.91 seconds.

Kelsey Crawford threw the shot put 46-3.5 for UMass to place first.

Smith College’s Zoe Rubinstein took second in the pole fault at 12-9.5.

Women’s Rowing

Dad Vail Regatta — UMass finished second in the varsity heavyweight eight final in 6:35.909. Drexel was first at 6:30.064.