Elaine Sortino Earns Her 750th Career Victory
March 24, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts softball team defeated Temple University, 9-0, this afternoon to sweep the three-game series. The win marks the 750th victory of head coach Elaine Sortino's career at the helm of UMass softball.
The Minutewomen used three hits in the bottom of the third inning to jump out to a, 3-0, lead. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) hit a two out single to right field to score senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.). With runners on first and third, Wheeler stole second base and drew the throw to allowed senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) to steal home. Junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) then ripped a single through the right side to plate Wheeler and put UMass up, 3-0.
UMass added to its lead in the sixth inning on three more hits. Junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) laced a double to the left-center fence, scoring Bakken and Rooney. Wheeler than delivered a shot through the right side, scoring Cross and giving the Minutewomen the, 6-0, advantage.
In the seventh frame, UMass scored three more insurance runs on three hits and a Temple error. With two runners on base, Bakken reached first on an error by the third basemen, which scored freshman Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) and Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.). Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) then doubled to left-center field to plate Bakken and secure the, 9-0, victory.
Sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) was 3-for-4 with a double, while Wheeler and Bakken were both 2-for-4.
Senior Jen Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) recorded the win as she scattered six hits and two strike outs over 7.0 innings of work.
The win improves UMass' record to 18-10 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10. Temple dips to 9-20 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Minutewomen hit the field next weekend, March 30-31, with their home opener against La Salle. Game time is slated for noon.