Minnesota Defeats UMass Softball, 8-2
March 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts softball team broke down defensively, committing four errors and giving up eight hits as it fell to Minnesota, 8-1, in the first round of the Gold Bracket at the Seminole Classic.
UMass took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on three consecutive hits and a wild pitch by Piper Marten. The Minutewomen kicked off the hitting spree with back-to-back drives to left field by juniors Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.). Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) loaded the bags with a shot to right field and Perey scored on a wild pitch.
Minnesota answered in the top of the third frame, scoring two runs on three hits and a UMass error to take the lead. UMass hurler Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) worked her way out of the inning, striking out Erin Wallace to end the base loaded threat but the damage had been done and UMass trailed, 2-1.
The Golden Gophers added to their lead in the fifth on a pair of infield singles, a UMass error and a home run by Hailee Nanchy to take the 6-1 edge. Freshman pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) came in to relieve Hadley and struck out Anne Thul to end the inning.
Minnesota scored two more runs in the sixth on two hits and two errors to increase its lead to 8-1.
The Minutewomen battled back in the bottom of the seventh, manufacturing one run on three hits. Sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) started the rally with a single to center field. Perey laced a single through the left side and Robustelli hit a ball up the middle to score pinch runner Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.).
UMass drops to 8-7 overall will face No. 22 Florida State (20-8) at 8:30 p.m., tonight in the loser's bracket of the Gold Championship. The winner of the game will play tomorrow at noon and the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.