UMass Softball Defeats UMKC, 5-1
March 17, 2002
MIAMI, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts softball team defeated the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5-1, in the semi final game of the Blue & Gold Classic this afternoon.
The Minutewomen opened the top of the first frame with hot bats as four UMass hits and a Kangaroo error plated three runs for the Maroon & White. Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) kicked off the rally with a lead off single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt by senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) and a UMass strike out put Robustelli on second with two outs. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) then laced a ball into center field scoring Robustelli. UMass scored two more runs on a single by sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) that plated Wheeler and Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) who reached base on a UMKC error.
UMass threatened again in the fifth inning as Rooney hit a triple to the right field fence, her third of the season, but the Minutewomen were unable to bring her home as junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) lined out to the short stop.
The Minutewomen increased their lead in the sixth with two more runs. Wheeler led off the inning with a jack over the left field fence. Cahalan followed with a single to right field and pinch runner Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.). A walk by Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) placed runners on first and third and Bakken forced a pickle situation on a delayed steal that allowed Denis to score.
UMKC chipped into UMass' lead in the sixth inning as Lindsay Kendrick hit a solo home run over the left field fence but the Kangaroos could get no closer.
Jennifer Hadley recorded the win for the Minutewomen as she allowed three hits and one run, while striking out five.
UMass improves to 13-9 on the season and advances to the championship final against tournament host Florida International at 4:00 p.m., this afternoon.