UMass Softball Tops Providence, 8-0
March 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Freshman ace Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) threw her first career shutout as the University of Massachusetts softball team defeated Providence College, 8-0. It was Arnold's second start of the season and her second victory.
UMass jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as the Minutewomen opened up the first frame with four hits. Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) followed up with a single to center field, moving Robustelli to second and junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) drove Robustelli home on a floater into left field. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) grounded out to the second baseman but Rooney scored on the play. After a UMass strike out, sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) drove a pitch up the middle, plating Rooney.
The Minutewomen scored three more runs in the second inning on two hits. Robustelli walked and was driven home on a triple to deep center field by Rooney. Cross hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Rooney and Wheeler hit a monster shot over the left field fence to make the score 6-0.
The UMass scoring frenzy continued in the third inning as senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) started the rally with a single up the middle. Arnold drew a walk and junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) laced a hit up the middle, scoring Bakken and pinch runner Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.).
In the fourth inning, Providence's Jaclyn Treveloni threatened to break up Arnold's no-hitter with a hit to shallow center. Second baseman Bakken made a diving outstretched catch to preserve the no-no.
In the fifth inning, the Friars recorded their only hit of the game as Cori Van Dusen hit a blooper to Wheeler at third. Wheeler dove to catch the one hopper but Van Dusen beat out the throw.
Arnold finished the game with one hit allowed over 5.0 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Minutewomen advance to the Gold Bracket as the No. 1 seed and will play an opponent yet to be determined at 5:00 p.m. tonight.