Softball Drops A Pair In Arizona
Feb. 14, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (1-3) lost to Cal State Northridge (5-3), 7-0, and 11th-ranked Cal State Fullerton (2-2), 6-5, this evening in the second day of action at the Fiesta Bowl Classic hosted by Arizona State University.
In game one at ASU's Farrington Stadium, the Minutewomen offense was shut out for the second straight game by two Matador pitchers. Erin Sigala pitched the first three innings, allowing no hits, but had to leave in the fourth due to an injury. Kia Fennell came in and pitched the final four innings of shutout relief. She allowed a leadoff single by sophomore KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) in the bottom of the fourth, but Kelley was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Junior Barbara LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) lasted 1.2 innings for UMass. She allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks. Sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) had a solid relief outing. She allowed just one run and one walk while striking out three batters in 5.1 innings. Busa scattered eight hits. Center fielder Christen Bedwell led the CSUN offense by hitting for the cycle. She drove in five runs, including a first inning three-run home run.
In the second game of the day, UMass found itself down 6-0 to 11th-ranked Cal State Fullerton in the fourth inning before the offense woke up. The Titans scored one run in the first and then five in the top of the fourth, three of which were unearned. Senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) led off the frame with a single and scored two batters later on a triple by Kelley down the right-field line. Senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) followed with a long two-run home run over the left-center field fence to cut the UMass deficit to 6-3.
UMass continued to keep the pressure on CSUF. After stranding a pair of runners in the fifth but not scoring, UMass got a pair of runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game at 6-5. The inning began with consecutive walks by Kelley and Cahalan putting two on and nobody out. Two batters later, sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) walked to load the bases. Two batters later, pinch-runner Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored from third base on a wild pitch. Freshman Candice Molinari Glendora, Calif.) then worked a walk to re-load the bases and bring the tying run into scoring position. Freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) was plunked with a 2-2 pitch in the head to drive in the Minutewomen's fifth run of the night. Morin was fine and all of the sudden UMass had the go-ahead run at second base. Franke popped up to end the threat.
After UMass junior pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, the UMass bats had one more chance. Stefanoni was up with two on and two out, but struck out on a tough 2-2 pitch. Arnold pitched out a lot of jams and finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings. She gave up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Brooke Weekley got the win for the Titans. She went 5.1 innings yielding three earned runs and six walks while fanning six. Candice Baker pitched 1.2 innings in the middle of the game and walked five UMass batters. She allowed two earned runs on one hit and fanned two.
Massachusetts will conclude tournament play with a 12:15 p.m. EST game against the 5th-ranked University of Washington Huskies tomorrow at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix.