Softball Sweeps Doubleheader At La Salle
March 27, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) threw a one-hitter in game one while senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) and sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) both hit a pair of home runs in game two as the University of Massachusetts softball team (12-11, 2-0 A-10) swept a doubleheader at La Salle (4-16, 0-2), 2-0 and 8-1, this afternoon to open up Atlantic 10 Conference play.
In game one, UMass scored its only runs of the game in the first inning and both were unearned. Freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) led off with a single and then stole second base. Kelley followed with a single sending Molinari to third. After pinch runner Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.) stole second base, the first run of the game scored when junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) reached on an error. One batter later, Cahalan reached base via a fielder's choice driving home Holness with the games' second run.
That would be all the offense that Busa would need. She just missed tossing her second straight no-hitter. The only blemish was a bloop single by Maureen Berard that was just over the head of sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) at second base in the fifth inning. Busa gave up four walks and struck out two and has now pitched 19.1 innings in a row without allowing an earned run.
In game two, Kelley got the Minutewomen on the board in the first with her first home run of the day. It was a towering shot to right-center field through a stiff breeze blowing straight in. In the fourth inning, Cahalan hit her first home run of the day, a solo shot to left field.
In the bottom of the fifth, La Salle got an unearned run to pull within a run at 2-1. It threatened for more with runners at first and third with two outs, but junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) induced a groundout by Amanda Clark to end the inning.
The Minutewomen then blew the game open with six runs in the top of the sixth. Kelley led off with a home run to left-center field. Threw batters later, Cahalan blasted a two-run home run to center. For Cahalan, it was her first career multi-home run game while Kelley did it for the second time. The four home runs set a new school record for most in a game.
UMass added three more runs in the inning to take an 8-1 lead. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) drove in two with a triple off the right field fence and later scored on a wild pitch.
Arnold settled down and struck out five of the final six batters she faced to finish with a career-high 10. Just like Busa, she has thrown 19.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run. In the seventh inning, sophomore Shannon Houle (Charlton, Mass.) singled for her first hit of the season.
Massachusetts will play a doubleheader at Central Connecticut on March 30. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.