Softball Splits Day 1 At Fiesta Bowl Classic
Feb. 13, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (1-1) opened up the 2004 season with an 8-0 win over Ohio State (0-1) and an 8-0 loss to 23rd-ranked Fresno State (1-0) this afternoon in the first day of action at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament held at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex.
In its first game of the season, UMass scored eight runs in the final three innings to shut out Ohio State, 8-0. Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) began the top of the fifth inning with a single, the first UMass hit of the game, and advanced to second two batters later on a single by freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.). Budrewicz was then picked off of second base, but senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) delivered a RBI single to center scoring Morin with the game's first run. It marked the first hit and run for Morin in her career. Franke, who moved to second on the throw home, then scored when junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) singled.
The two runs turned out to be all sophomore pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) would need. She scattered four hits and four walks for the shutout. Busa struck out five batters. OSU loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Busa used a strikeout, a pop-out and a foul out on just six pitches to get out of the jam. Senior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) made a sliding catch in front of the UMass dugout to end the threat.
The Minutewomen added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) tripled home Budrewicz for her first career hit. Massachusetts then scored five more times in the seventh after there were two outs to end any hopes of a Buckeye comeback. Morin had a two-RBI double in the frame.
In game two of the day, No. 23 Fresno State scored eight times in the final three innings to take an 8-0, five-inning victory. Junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) lasted just 3.2 innings for the Minutewomen. She gave up seven earned runs and eight hits while walking three. Junior Barbara LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) gave up one run on one hit in the final 1.1 innings. Fresno State All-American pitcher Jamie Southern was the story. She gave up just one hit (by Morin), while scattering three walks. She fanned six batters.
Massachusetts will play two more times tomorrow in the second day of the Fiesta Bowl Classic hosted by Arizona State University. The Minutewomen will play Cal State Northridge at 2:00 p.m. EST and No. 11 Cal State Fullerton at 7:30 p.m. EST. UMass' first game will be played at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe, while it moves back to the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix for the night cap.