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UD Softball Sweeps UMass, Finishes 14-0 at Home

DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team (34-12, 17-2 A-10) finished the 2015 home season by sweeping the Massachusetts Minutewomen (14-23, 8-11 A-10) 1-0 and 6-0, and wrapped up a perfect 14-0 record at UD Softball Stadium, the first time the Flyers have gone undefeated during the season at home in program history.

Game 1 – Dayton 1, Massachusetts 0

Graduate student Jordan Jennings smacked a walk-off homerun off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh to give University of Dayton softball a 1-0 victory over Massachusetts in game one of an Atlantic 10 doubleheader.

Freshman Manda Cash earned the win, coming in relief in the seventh, striking out one. SeniorKayla English pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three, with a no decision.

The Minutewomen left 10 base runners stranded in the game. UMass had two runners with two outs and short stop Kayla Haberstich made a clutch play and throw to first to end the top of the seventh inning.

In the top of the second, UMass loaded the bases, but English struck out Quianna Diaz-Patterson, who is second in the nation in batting average (.535). Cash and English combined to strike her out four times today.

UD had four hits in the game, including the homerun by Jennings, a double by Kailee Budicin and singles by Gabrielle Snyder and Tiffany Ricks.
 
Game 2 – Dayton 6, Massachusetts 0

In the second game of the doubleheader, Manda Cash struck out 10, tying her career high in a game.  She only allowed three hits, and improved her record to 9-1 on the season.

Dayton got the scoring started in the third with three runs. Jaclyn Kweder put the ball in play and reached by error. Natalie Mariano singled to the left side to move Kweder to second. Kathryn Hessput down a sacrifice bunt to advance runners to second and third. Gabrielle Snyder walked to load the bases. Tiffany Ricks got the first run on the board with an RBI single to right field. The inning continued with an RBI fielder's choice by Kailee Budicin.  The inning was capped off by another RBI fielder's choice by Kayla Haberstich.

Dayton added two more runs in the fourth inning, first from a Mariano RBI single, followed by a Snyder RBI double that scored pinch-runner redshirt sophomore Krista Gustafson.

The Flyers added another insurance run in the sixth on yet another RBI fielder's choice from Budicin.  Mariano led the Flyers going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI
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The Flyers have clinched a spot in the 2015 A-10 Championship Tournament.  It is UD's fourth appearance in the tournament in the last five seasons.

The Flyers play a three-game, Atlantic 10 series at La Salle in Philadelphia to close out the regular season on Saturday, May 2 at 12 p.m. for a doubleheader and a single game on Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m.
UD Softball Sweeps UMass, Finishes 14-0 at Home

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BULLS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.

Looking like the MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose helped the Bulls swipe home-court advantage from the Cavs, who were missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

Jimmy Butler added 20 points and banked in a contested jumper with 30 seconds left as the Bulls closed it out.

Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and LeBron James added 19 and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, playing its first game since Love -- one of the Cavs' Big 3 -- was lost for the remainder of the postseason with a shoulder injury.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

The Cavs only trailed by four points in the final minutes, but they forced several 3-point attempts and James missed a tough layup with 51 seconds left.

CAVALIERS-MILLER STARTS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers veteran swingman Mike Miller was a surprise starter for Game 1 against Chicago.

With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cavs coach David Blatt decided to go with Miller, who made 15 regular-season starts. The 15-year veteran's addition to the lineup was mildly shocking since Blatt also had James Jones and Shawn Marion as options.

Miller has plenty of playoff experience with Orlando, Memphis and Miami. He has averaged 5.4 points in 85 postseason games.

In his first start this season, Miller made seven 3-pointers in a win over Brooklyn.

Love is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He was injured in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Boston. Smith is suspended from the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals for striking Celtics guard Jae Crowder in the face.

Iman Shumpert started in Smith's "off guard" spot.

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