Softball Shuts Out CCSU, 13-0 And 6-0
March 30, 2004
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Juniors Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) and Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) combined for a no-hitter in game one and sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit two more home runs as the University of Massachusetts softball team (14-11, 2-0) defeated Central Connecticut (2-16), 13-0 in five innings and 6-0 in six innings, this afternoon.
In game one, the Minutewomen batted around in the second inning and took a 4-0 lead. Senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) led off with a home run. It was her third straight at bat with a home run dating back to March 27 at La Salle. Freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) had a RBI single and sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) had a RBI double down the left-field line. The Minutewomen also added a run in the inning when Stefanoni scored on a fielder's choice by junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.).
Massachusetts then broke the game open by scoring six runs in the fourth inning; all of which came after there were two outs. The big blow was a grand slam by junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.). It was her first career home run. Two more runs also scored when freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) had a two-RBI single. The Minutewomen added three more runs in the fifth on a three-run home run to left field by Kelley that hit the dugout of the baseball field nearby.
Arnold pitched the first three innings and allowed just one base runner via an error. She struck out four. LaFogg then came in and struck out all six batters she faced to complete the no-hitter. Eight of the nine UMass hitters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, while seven of the nine had at least one RBI. UMass had 10 hits with Stefanoni recording two. Freshman Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.) notched her first career hit.
In game two, the Minutewomen got one run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Stefanoni had a RBI single which scored pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.). Budrewicz was running for Sulick who had singled and stolen second. The Minutewomen then added an insurance run in the top of the fifth. Cahalan tripled off the center field fence with two outs and then scored one batter later on a double by Sulick.
Sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) was bidding for the second no-hitter of the day and came up just short. A clean single to left by Sarah Mardis with two outs in the fifth was the only hit of the day for the Blue Devils. Busa pitched all six innings and gave up two walks while fanning four. Kelley gave Busa a little breathing room in the top of the sixth with a three-run home run. It was her second home run of the day and ninth of the season. Busa then finished the sixth and the game was called for darkness. Massachusetts pounded out a season-high 14 hits in the second game today. Prior to Kelley's b;ast, freshman Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) had her first career hit, a pinch-hit single.
The Minutewomen will host Maine for a doubleheader on Thursday, April, 1. First pitch at the UMass Softball Complex is set for 2:30 p.m. The Minutewomen will put the nation's longest winning streak of 59 games on the line against the Black Bears.