Softball Tops Vermont, 6-0, In Home Opener
March 26, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) threw a four-hit shutout as the University of Massachusetts softball team (10-11) defeated the University of Vermont (3-13), 6-0, this afternoon in the home opener at the UMass Softball Complex. With the win, the Minutewomen extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 59 games. Today's win was also the 900th in the history of the program.
Massachusetts took an early 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) drove home freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) with a sacrifice fly. UMass then added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) tripled to right field driving in junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) from first base. Budrewicz then scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.).
The Minutewomen then added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) walked, stole second and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Puglia. Molinari then scored by stealing home on the next play as pinch runner Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.) was thrown out on the play.
UMass then added another run in the fourth inning as Morin tripled to right-center field driving home senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.). Franke had singled with one out to get the inning started. The Minutewomen added another solo run in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Franke singled up the middle to drive home Stefanoni. Stefanoni had reached on an error and stolen second base.
Arnold breezed through seven innings on the mound for the Minutewomen. She scattered four hits and improved to 4-5 this season.
Massachusetts will open up Atlantic 10 play on Saturday, March 27, when it plays a doubleheader at La Salle in Philadelphia. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m.