No. 25 Softball Upsets No. 2 Stanford, 3-1
Feb. 23, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The 25th-ranked University of Massachusetts softball team scored two runs in the top half of the seventh inning as they upset second ranked Stanford, 3-1, in day two of action at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
The Cardinal took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as they plated an unearned run off of Minutewoman hurler Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia). Robin Walker lead off by reaching on an error and was doubled home by Jessica Mendoza. After a strike-out, Kira Ching and Jessica Allister reached to load the bases, but Holtz settled down and retired the next two, leaving the bases loaded.
The Minutewomen tied the game in the top half of the second inning when sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) hit a two-out homerun. UMass threatened for more as junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) strung together consecutive singles, but sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) struck out ending the threat.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh when the Minutewomen were able to score a pair of runs. Franke led the inning off with a single and advanced to second when junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) walked. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) then singled to load the bases. After junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) forced Franke at home on a fielder's choice senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) was hit by a pitch allowing the go-ahead run to score. Holtz then singles home Rooney adding an insurance run. Cahalan hit into a fielder's choice and Perey popped out to end the rally, but the damage had been done.
Holtz retired the Cardinal in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win. She scattered four hits on the day, while striking out six and walking just one. Maureen LeCocq gave up three runs, all earned, on eight hits and six walks in six and a third innings. She struck out three.
The Minutewomen will take on regional rival Connecticut at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon in the Bronze Championship bracket of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Minutewomen and Huskies have two scheduled games this season. UMass took the season series last year 2-1.
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