Softball Beats Dartmouth, 7-0, In Home Opener
March 31, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts (11-9-1) defeated Dartmouth (3-7-1), 7-0, Thursday afternoon in its home opener at the UMass Softball Complex. The two teams also tied 2-2 in the second game, which was called after seven innings due to darkness. In game one, UMass shut out the Big Green 7-0 behind a one-hitter by senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.). She lost a perfect game by allowing a double with two outs in the sixth inning. LaFogg had a career- and UMass Softball Complex-high 15 strikeouts. In the second game, a 2-2 tie, junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) had a career-high 14 strikeouts.
In game one, Massachusetts scored twice in the first inning. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) led off with a single and then stole second base. After a walk by sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) and sacrifice by junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.), senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) delivered a two-RBI single to right-center field giving UMass a 2-0 lead.
The Minutewomen then added to its lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Freshmen Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) and Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) both recorded RBI singles. Sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) also added a sacrifice fly in the inning for the fifth UMass run.
UMass then plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kelley roped a two-RBI single off the centerfield fence.
Senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) had a perfect game through six and two-thirds innings, but Dartmouth's Kelly Fry hit a double off the centerfield wall to break it up. LaFogg struck out the final batter and settled for a one-hitter. She recorded 15 strikeouts to set a new career-high. It also set a new record for strikeouts at the UMass Softball Complex.
In game two, it was the Big Green who got out to a 2-0 lead. Jodee Thompson hit a two-run home run off UMass junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) with two outs in the top of the first inning. After that inning, Busa scattered just three hits and two walks while striking out a career-high 14 batters.
UMass then came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Molinari led off the inning with a single and then stole second base. She then moved to third on a ground out by Kelley. An error by Dartmouth shortstop Kerry Conway during Denis' at bat proved to be costly. Denis hit a foul pop-up, but it was dropped by Conway. Denis was eventually hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Proctor came up next and tied the game with a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle.
With darkness settling in, UMass tried to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Morin was on base with a one-out walk and then two batters later, pinch hitter Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) walked to put two on with two outs. Puglia came up and struck out after fouling off some tough pitches. After that, the umpires called the game due to darkness and the two teams had to settle for a tie.
Angela Megaw scattered five hits for the Big Green. She walked three and struck out three.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Saturday, April 2, with a conference doubleheader at Noon. There is the potential that the games will get moved so check back at www.umassathletics.com for updates.