NCAA Region 2 Softball
Tucson, Arizona - Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium
TUCSON--Megan Matthews' five-hit pitching kept UMass at bay and off the scoreboard in a 10-0 six-inning 10-0 shutout to help pace No. 25-ranked South Carolina to an NCAA Region 2 first-round victory.
Meantime USC pounded out 10 hits off three Massachussetts (35-22) pitchers including Kim Schultze's three-run home run which ended the game on the mercy rule.
South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on consecutive singles by Kendra McCutcheon and Debralee Troesch and an RBI single by Adrianna Baggetta.
The Lady Gamecocks scored three more in the third on an RBI single to left by Adrienne Genovese and a two-run single by Kim Schultze.
USC (40-26) will play the winner of the
Nebraska-Illinois State game at
7:30 p.m. Friday. UMass meets the winner of the Arizona-Middle
State game at 5 p.m. Friday.