UMass Softball Falls To Southern Ilinois, 5-3
March 8, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Southern Illinois University used five hits in the seventh inning to overcome a, 3-0, deficit and defeat the University of Massachusetts softball team, 5-3, in pool play this evening at the Seminole Classic.
The Minutewomen struck first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior hurler Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) kicked of the rally with a single through the left side. Sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) advanced pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) to second on a sacrifice bunt and senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) drove her home on a shot over third base. Designated player Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) continued the rally, with a single to left field and junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) brought pinch runner Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) home on a base hit to second base. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) continued the scoring frenzy, driving in Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) who had reached base on a fielder's choice.
The Saluki's came back in the top of the sixth inning, loading the bases on back-to-back singles and a UMass error. Holtz worked her way out the jam, forcing a pop up to short stop, a strike out and a weak comebacker to the mound to get out of the inning unscathed.
Southern Illinois came back again in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on a walk and five hits to take the, 5-3, lead.
The Minutewomen battled back in the bottom of the frame as Bakken drew a walk and moved to second on a Wilson ground out but UMass was unable to plate a runner.
Holtz (3-3) gets the loss as she allowed 10 hits, three walks and struck out four.
UMass drops to 7-5 overall and 1-1 at the Seminole Classic. The Minutewomen close out pool play tomorrow with a noon game against Providence College before beginning bracket play Saturday afternoon.