Softball Blanks La Salle In Doubleheader
March 30, 2002
Amherst, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team swept La Salle University 8-0 and 9-0 this afternoon as it forced two mercy-rule victories.
In game one, the Minutewomen got a run on board in the third inning as junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) crushed a single into right field, scoring senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) from second base.
UMass added four more runs in the fifth inning on three hits and an Explorer error. Sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) led off the rally with a single through the right side. A La Salle error and a walk to junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) loaded the bases with no outs. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) then delivered a drive to the left-center fence, scoring three runs and giving Rooney her fourth triple of the season. Cross followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Rooney.
The Minutewomen scored three more runs in the sixth to force the mercy-rule (eight-run lead after the fifth inning) and take the 8-0 victory. UMass loaded the bases with three consecutive bunts by junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.), Franke and Bakken. After a force play to home, Rooney blasted a single to right field, scoring Franke and Bakken. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) continued the hitting spree with a single through the right side, scoring Robustelli and giving the Minutewomen the 8-0 win.
Junior hurler Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded the win as she allowed two hits and struck out five.
In the second half of the twinbill, UMass quickly got on board, scoring two runs in the first inning. Robustelli kicked off the inning with a double down the left field line. Rooney followed with a double of her own as the La Salle center fielder lost the ball in the sun. Cross then hit into a fielder's choice, scoring both Robustelli and Rooney.
UMass extended its lead in the second frame, scoring five runs on two hits. Freshman Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) laced a triple to the right center gap, scoring freshman pinch runner Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) and Perey. After a walk and a fielder's choice, Rooney singled to right field, plating Denis and Bakken. A ground out by Cross, scored Robustelli to give UMass the 7-0 edge.
The Minutewomen then added single runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Perey scored from third as Denis was caught stealing second. In the fourth frame, sophomore KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate hit with a leadoff triple and scored on a La Salle error.
Senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win, scattering two hits and striking out one over five innings.
The Minutewomen improve to 20-10 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10 as the Explorers slip to 8-17 overall and 0-5 in the A-10. UMass and La Salle finish the weekend series with a single-game tomorrow at Noon.