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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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REDS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eugenio Suarez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Washington 3-2 Monday night to end the Nationals' nine-game home winning streak.

Suarez went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to help the Reds snap a three-game skid and improve to 4-0 against Washington this year, clinching the season series.

With the score knotted at 2, Suarez drove an 0-2 pitch from Casey Janssen (0-2) just inside the left-field foul pole. Recalled from the minors on June 11 after an injury sidelined starting shortstop Zack Cozart, Suarez is batting .329 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 21 games.

Manny Parra (1-1) worked the seventh and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 17th save. One of Chapman's fastballs was clocked at 103 mph.

Danny Espinosa homered for the Nationals, who had won 12 of 15 overall and were unbeaten at home since June 18.

ASTROS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel, chosen for the American League All-Star team earlier Monday, allowed three runs in six innings in helping the Houston Astros defeat the Cleveland Indians 9-4.

Keuchel (11-3), who leads the league in wins and is second with a 2.14 ERA, is a strong candidate to start next Tuesday's game in Cincinnati. The left-hander scattered nine hits and struck out eight.

An anticipated pitching duel between Keuchel and Carlos Carrasco never materialized. Carrasco, who came within one out of a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowed five runs in four innings. The right-hander (10-7) gave up four runs in the first and Preston Tucker's solo homer in the fourth.

Tucker had a career-high four hits and added an RBI single. Jose Altuve, Houston's All-Star second baseman, matched his career-high 14-game hitting streak with two hits, including an RBI double.

CAVALIERS-MO WILLIAMS

UNDATED (AP) -- Mo Williams is heading back to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James again.

Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is going back to the Cavaliers, where he was an All-Star playing alongside James in 2009. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it's for two years and $4.3 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Williams started last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 17.2 points in 27 games.

The Cavaliers were in need of a quality backup point guard with the ability to score behind starter Kyrie Irving.

Williams spent two and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Clippers in 2011.

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