Softball Sweeps Harvard, 7-2 And 2-1
April 6, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) had six hits as the University of Massachusetts softball team (16-11) swept a doubleheader at Harvard University (10-12-1), 7-2 and 2-1, this afternoon on a cold and blustery day on the banks of the Charles River. The Minutewomen have now won nine games in a row.
In game one, the Minutewomen got on the board in the second inning with two runs on four hits. Junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) led off with a solo home run to right field. It was her second of the season. Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) followed with a triple and scored one batter later on a RBI single by Morin.
UMass then struck for four runs on four hits in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Morin and sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) started it off with back to back doubles. Senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) then reached on an infield single. The second run of the inning scored when Stefanoni was able to scamper home on a wild pitch. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) put Massachusetts up 6-0 with a two-run home run to left. It was her first home run of the season.
On the mound sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) breezed through the first four and two-thirds innings before yielding her first earned run in 30.0 innings when Cecily Gordon hit a solo home run in the sixth. Harvard had another solo home run in the seventh for its second run of the day. Busa went the distance and gave up six hits and two walks. She fanned four batters.
In game two,, Massachusetts scored its only two runs in the top of the fourth and both came via solo home runs. Sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) led off the frame with her 10th of the season. Two batters later, junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) blasted her first career home run.
Junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) had allowed just one hit and one walk through six before getting into a jam in the bottom of the seventh. After a single and a double, Harvard had runners at second and third with nobody out. Arnold then got three of the next four batters to ground out to Puglia at short. Sandwiched between the second and third outs was an error which allowed one run to score.
Arnold gave up one unearned run and has now gone the past 29.1 innings without giving up an earned run. She gave up three hits and a walk today while striking out five.
Massachusetts will host Dayton in an A-10 battle on Friday, April 9. First pitch at the UMass Softball Complex is slated for 1:30 p.m.