No. 16 Softball Splits On Day 2 Of Speedline Inv.
March 8, 2003
PLANT CITY, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (7-5) defeated Ball State, 2-0, but fell to Hofstra, 5-1, this afternoon in the second day of play at the Speedline Invitational.
In game one, the Minutewomen went up 1-0 in the second inning courtesy of a RBI single to left field of the bat of senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.), but the Pride bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the inning off sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) to take the lead. Hofstra added two more runs in the fourth to take command of the game and held on for the upset win. The Minutewomen had seven hits in the contest, but could not plate any more runs.
In the second game, the Minutewomen bounced back with a 2-0 win over Ball State behind the complete game shutout by senior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia). The Minutewoman ace scattered three hits, while fanning three and allowing just one free pass in seven innings.
UMass scored all the runs it needed in the top of the second. Freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) opened the inning with a base on balls. Freshman pinch-runner Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Shortly thereafter, junior catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) reached on an error before Perey and junior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) drew back-to-back walks, forcing in the game's first run. Freshman Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.) followed with an RBI-single down the left field line to plate Cahalan with UMass' second score. It was her first career hit and RBI.
The Minutewomen will take on Northwestern at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8. Bracket play will start in the afternoon and conclude with Sunday's 1:00 p.m. championship game.