No. 25 UMass Downs La Salle In A-10 Opener
March 28, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - University of Massachusetts Head Coach Elaine Sortino became the 16th coach in NCAA history (13th in Division I) to reach the 800-win plateau as the 25th-ranked University of Massachusetts softball team (15-10, 2-0 in the Atlantic 10) swept a doubleheader from La Salle here this afternoon, 4-0, and 11-2 in five innings.
With the pair of conference wins, Sortino upped her overall record to 800-350-3 (.695). She currently sits in 10th-place among active coaches in wins and winning percentage. She is the first coach in the Northeast to reach the 800-win mark. Sortino, who won her first game at the helm of the Minutewomen, an 8-0 decision at Lowell on April 1, 1980, has guided Massachusetts to 15 A-10 titles, 12 NCAA Regional appearances and three trips to the Women's College World Series.
In game one this afternoon, senior right-hander Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) fired the fourth no-hitter of her career in a 4-0 Minutewoman victory. Holtz (7-6) fanned 10 and allowed only one La Salle base runner to reach first base, and that came courtesy of a passed ball on a strikeout in the first inning.
Holtz helped her on cause with a solo home run to left field in the top of the second, and later collected an RBI on a ground out. Senior shortstop Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) collected two hits and two RBI to lead the offensive charge.
In game two, Massachusetts exploded for five runs in the top of the second on its way to an 11-2 five-inning victory over the Explorers. Senior first baseman Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) hit a two-out, three-run homer to left field to highlight the inning. Robustelli had an RBI single in the second, and was 3-for-4 on the game,while junior catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Arizona) was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, as UMass banged out a season-high 12 hits to score a season-best 11 runs in the game.
UMass sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) gave up four hits and fanned five in five innings of work. She improved to 6-4 on the year with the victory.
Massachusetts will travel to the Bronx, N.Y., for a doubleheader at Fordham on Sunday, March 30. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m. The Minutewomen's home opener at the UMass Softball Complex will be at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. UMass will put its 40-game home winning streak on the line against Maine.