Softball Upsets No. 22 Florida International, 3-0
March 5, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) threw a three-hit shutout as Massachusetts (2-4) upset 22nd-ranked Florida International (15-6), 3-0, Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Doubletree Worth Invitational on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. LaFogg struck out 12 batters in the win.
Florida International's Tabitha Embry got the first hit of the game with a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved her into scoring position, LaFogg got out of the jam on a strikeout and a ground out.
UMass got its first base runner in the top of the fourth inning when senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) worked a two-out walk. Junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) then doubled to center field which drove in Puglia with the game's first run. The double for Kelley was the first hit of the game for the Minutewomen against FIU pitcher Amanda Nealer.
UMass tried to get some insurance for LaFogg in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) led off the frame with a single up the middle and was sacrificed to second base by junior Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.). Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) then walked and Proctor moved to third base on a wild pitch. After Sulick stole second base to put two runners in scoring position, junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) struck out for the second out of the inning. Sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) then singled to left field to drive in Proctor and give the Minutewomen a 2-0 lead. She was also able to move to second base on an error. Sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) followed with a RBI single to right field to give UMass a 3-0 lead. Morin was thrown out at home trying to score from second base to end the inning.
FIU had a double in both the fifth and sixth innings, but LaFogg was able to get out of the jam.
Nealer worked the first four innings for the Golden Panthers. She allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. Tiffany Ore pitched the final three innings and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. She fanned two batters.
LaFogg went the distance for her first shutout of the season. She scattered three hits and two walks while striking out 12. It marks her second double-digit strikeout game as she fanned a career-high 14 in a win against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 26.
The Minutewomen will play host-school Florida Atlantic at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon and then Bethune Cookman Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to conclude pool play. The consolation game of the Doubletree Worth Invitational will be Sunday at 11:00 a.m. while the championship game is set for 1:00 p.m.