Softball Sweeps Temple, 4-0 And 7-1

Junior Kaila Holtz threw a two-hit shutout as UMass topped Temple, 4-0, in its Atlantic 10 opener.

Junior Kaila Holtz threw a two-hit shutout as UMass topped Temple, 4-0, in its Atlantic 10 opener.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts softball team opened its Atlantic 10 conference schedule with two wins this afternoon, sweeping Temple University, 4-0 and 7-1.

UMass used eight hits and seven strikeouts from junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) to defeat the Owls, 4-0, in game one.

The Minutewomen jumped on top in the fourth inning as junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) drove in sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) on a single to the right side. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) followed suit with a shot through the left side, scoring junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.).

UMass extended its lead in the sixth inning, combining three hits to score two runs. Singles by Perey and senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) and a fielder's choice by Robustelli put runners on second and third. Rooney then laced a double down the left field line, scoring both Perey and Bakken.

Holtz recorded the win, her seventh this season, as she held the Owls to two hits, a walk and fanned seven.

In game two, UMass racked up nine hits to steam roll its way to a, 7-1, victory.

The Minutewomen struck first, scoring two runs in the first frame off of three hits. With two outs and two runners on base, Holtz lined a single through the right side to score Robustelli and junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.).

Temple retaliated in the second inning, scoring its first and only run of the day on two hits.

UMass answered in the fourth, adding a run on three hits and an Owl error. With runners on first and third, Rooney singled up the middle, scoring Bakken. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) then singled, scoring Robustelli and Rooney.

The Maroon and White added two more insurance run in the fifth inning on one hit and two Temple errors. With two outs and two runners on base, Robustelli doubled to left field, scoring Bakken and Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win as she allowed four hits, a walk and struck out eight.

UMass improves to 17-10 overall and 2-0 in the A-10, while the Owls slip to 9-19 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Minutewomen will play a single game against Temple tomorrow at noon.





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