Softball Swept At Fordham, 4-2 And 14-6
April 4, 2005
BRONX, N.Y. - Massachusetts (11-11-1, 2-2 A-10) was swept by Fordham (16-10, 6-0) 4-2 and 14-6 Monday afternoon. In game one, Lisa Busciacco hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Rams the come-from-behind win. In the second game, Fordham scored six runs in the first inning en route to the six-inning mercy-rule win. Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was 4-for-6 with two RBI for UMass on the day.
In game one, UMass made 2004 A-10 Rookie of the Year Sarah Kinney work on the mound. Kinney threw 75 pitches in the first four innings, but UMass was unable to score. The Minutewomen had six walks and two singles, but stranded six runners, had a runner called out for leaving early trying to steal and had a runner picked off.
In the top of the fourth, UMass had runners at first and second with one out but were unable to score the game's first run. Freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) walked to lead off the inning and two batters later, senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled. Junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) lined out to center and then Sulick was picked off to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Fordham took a 1-0 lead. Allison Twarowski was credited with a one-out triple when UMass right fielder Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) lost a fly ball in the sun. It bounced off her and rolled away. On the next pitch, Jamie Dautel hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Twarowski with the game's first run. In the top of the fifth, UMass again had runners on but couldn't score. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) walked to lead off the inning. Sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) tried to bunt Puglia over, but it was too hard and Puglia was thrown out at second. Junior KJ Kelley (Ranier, Ore.) roped a line shot to left field. Fordham's Ivy Pollock made a leaping stab and threw out Molinari trying to get back to first base to complete the double-play.
All of those base runners paid off in the sixth inning for the Minutewomen. With one out, sophomore Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) battled back from a 0-2 count to work a walk. Freshman Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.) then came in as a pinch runner. Proctor followed with a double into the left-centerfield gap to put runners at second and third with one out. Two batters later, Sulick delivered a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle to give UMass a 2-1 lead. Fordham came right back in the bottom of the sixth inning as Lisa Busciacco hit a two-out, three-run home run to left-centerfield. The inning started when UMass senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) walked and hit a batter after there were two outs.
Molinari had a one-out walk in the seventh, but UMass was unable to come back. For Fordham, it marked its first win ever against the Minutewomen in 24 tries. LaFogg gave up four earned runs on three hits and three walks. She struck out four. Kinney gave up two runs on four hits and nine walks. She also fanned four.
In game two, UMass jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Puglia led off with a walk and then stole second base. Molinari reached on an infield single as Puglia moved over to third. During an at bat by Kelley, Molinari stole second base. The throw down by the catcher went into centerfield and Puglia was able to score the game's first run. In the bottom of the first inning,
Fordham sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored six runs on four hits. Three of the runs were unearned. UMass came right back in the top of the second inning to plate three runs and make it a 6-4 game. After there were two outs, UMass loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batsman. Molinari then came up and cleared the bases with a triple to right field which brought UMass back into the game.
The Rams added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning. After there were two outs in the inning, two walks and a single loaded the bases. A two-run single to left then put the Rams up 8-4.
UMass came back and loaded the bases in the top of the fourth. Stefanoni reached on an infield single and then Puglia and Kelley each walked. Denis got the two runs back for UMass with a sharp single up the middle.
The game headed to the bottom of the fourth inning and Fordham up 8-6. The Rams scored two unearned runs in the fourth to increase its lead to 10-6. In the top of the fifth inning, UMass put its first two runners on base but were unable to score. A single run by the Rams in the fifth and then three more in the sixth clinched the mercy-rule win for the Rams.
Busa gave up nine earned runs on 13 hits and four walks. She fanned seven batters.
Proctor recorded a hit in each game to extend her hitting streak to 12 games.
Massachusetts returns to action by hosting Maine for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 6. First pitch of game one is set for 2:30 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the UMass Softball Complex can follow all the action online via Gametracker.