Softball Splits With Illinois-Chicago
MIAMI, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts softball team split a non-conference double header against Illinois-Chicago to round out its six day Miami tour. UMass won game one, 6-2 and dropped game two, 8-2.
UMass topped the Flames, 6-2, in game one as senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) recorded her sixth win of the season.
UIC struck first, scoring a run in the second inning on two hits.
The Minutewomen evened the score in the bottom of the frame as pinch hitter Jessica Bartlett (Turners Falls, Mass.) delivered a rope to center field, scoring sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) from third. Cahalan had reached base on a hit through the left side and moved to third on a hit by pitch and sacrifice bunt by junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.).
UMass added two more runs in the third inning as senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) laced a double to left field and was brought home on a two-run shot by senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.).
The Flames edged closer in the sixth frame, scoring one run on an error, sacrifice and double.
Massachusetts added three more insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning. Perey kicked off the rally with an infield single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by freshman Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.), the first of her collegiate career. Senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) then slapped a high chopper over third base, scoring Perey and Denis. Rooney drove in Bakken from second on a single up the middle.
Hadley scattered six hits and two runs over 7.0 innings while fanning four.
In the nightcap, UIC used two, four run innings to defeat the Minutewomen, 8-2.
UIC jumped out to the early 4-0 lead on two, two-run home runs off of junior hurler Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia).
The Minutewomen got on board in the sixth inning, combining two hits and a Flame error to plate two runners. Junior Emily Robustelli Stamford, Conn.) led off the inning with a single to center field and was moved to second on a sacrifice by Rooney. Back-to-back walks by junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Wheeler loaded the bags with one out. Freshman relief pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) then hit a shot through the left side of the infield that the left fielder couldn't contain to score pinch runner Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) and Wheeler and bring UMass to within two at, 4-2.
UIC increased its lead with a four run sixth inning. With two outs, the Flames used four hits and a walk to take the comfortable, 8-2, lead.
Holtz gets the loss as she allowed four hits and four earned runs in four innings. She struck out two. Arnold gave up five hits and four earned runs, while striking out one.
UMass moves to 15-10 overall and will begin Atlantic 10 action this weekend, March 23-24, with three games at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.