Softball Wins Doubletree Worth Invitational Consolation Game, 3-2 Over No. 22 Florida International
March 6, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 with a two-out, three-run home run to give Massachusetts (3-6) a 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 22 Florida International (17-11) in the consolation game of the Doubletree Worth Invitational played on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. Earlier in the day, the Minutewomen allowed seven runs in the final two innings and lost to Bethune Cookman, 7-6.
In the first game of the day, UMass got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) got it started with a two-out double and scored on a two-run home run by junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.). Senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) was living on the edge for the first five innings, but managed to not allow a run. LaFogg allowed seven hits and nine total base runners through the first five. UMass padded its lead with a solo run in the fourth and three more in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead.
Freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) began the fourth inning rally with a two-out single. She then scored one batter later on a triple to center by Denis. Two innings later, Massachusetts gave LaFogg a six-run cushion by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth. Puglia started it with a leadoff single and moved to second on an error. Kelley then followed with a single to put two on and nobody out. After freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Proctor reached on a fielders choice. An error by the second baseman throwing home allowed Puglia to score and the runners to move up a base. Two batters later, freshman Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.) reached on an error. Pinch runner Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.) scored on the play. UMass then executed a double-steal for its third run of the inning to Hurd nabbed second while Proctor raced home.
Bethune Cookman came back to score two runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 6-2 game. After the Minutewomen were retired in the top of the seventh, Bethune Cookman rallied for five runs on five hits and an error in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. The winning run scored on a bases loaded walk by junior Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.), who had entered the game in relief.
LaFogg was charged with seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. She struck out two batters. Busa faced two batters allowing a hit and a walk.
In the second game, UMass was down 1-0 until a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Cullington got it going by getting hit by a pitch. Proctor then followed with a single up the middle to set up Denis for the dramatics. She hit a home run over the right-centerfield fence to give UMass a 3-1 lead.
The Golden Panthers did not go quietly against Busa in the top of the seventh. With one out already, Tabitha Embry made it a 3-2 game with a home run. The next two batters then got on after an error and a single. Busa came back to get out of the inning with a strikeout and a ground out and UMass came out with a win.
Busa went the distance allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. She fanned four. Denis was 3-for-3 in the game.
Massachusetts returns to action March 10-13 at the Speedline Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. The Minutewomen will face Buffalo, Jacksonville, BYU and Illinois-Chicago in pool play before bracket play begins on March 12.