Softball Splits On Day Two Of Fiesta Bowl Tournament
Feb. 8, 2003
PHOENIX, Ariz---The Massachusetts softball (1-3) team fell to No. 4 Nebraska, 4-2, in extra innings on Saturday afternoon at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., but came back to defeat Texas Tech, 5-2, in its second game of the day.
Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) recorded two home runs on the day. She tallied her second home run of the day against Texas Tech, giving the Minutewomen an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. UMass kept their offense going against Texas Tech, tallying runs in the second, third and fifth innings. Kelli Arnold took the mound for the Minutewomen, giving up six hits and two runs in the UMass win.
In their first game of the season the Minutewomen took the No.4 Huskers to eight innings, where they fell 4-2. Nebraska took advantage of its offensive weapons in the top of the eighth inning, scoring two runs. During its final at bat of the game UMass was unable to overcome the two-run deficit, ending the game with a 4-2 loss.
The Minutewomen fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to force the game into extra innings. Nebraska scored in the first and third innings, but UMass came back to even the game at 2-2 after scoring in the fourth and fifth innings. Cross got things started for the Minutewomen, knocking out a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tally UMass' first run of the game.
UMass came back to score again in the fifth inning, when Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.), who reached base after being hit by a pitch, was able to score when the Huskers committed a fielding error on Puglia's at bat.
The Minutewomen used solid pitching by Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) to keep the game tied through the sixth inning. After Nebraska loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth, Holtz was able to retire the next three batters, striking out two.
The Minutewomen will close out the tournament tomorrow when they face the host-school, Arizona State.