Softball Sweeps Maine, 5-1 And 3-0
April 6, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Pitchers Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) and Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) combined to allow just three hits and struck out 22 as Massachusetts (13-11-1) swept a doubleheader from Maine (7-16), 5-1 and 3-0 on a warm and sunny afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex.
In game one, UMass got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) singled up the middle to extend her hitting streak to 13 games. Freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) was then hit by a pitch and sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) reached on an infield single to load the bases. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) had a sacrifice fly two batters later making it a 1-0 game.
The Minutewomen then added two more runs in the third inning. Junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) led off with a double down the left-field line and then sophomore Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.) was brought in as a pinch runner. Senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) hit a routine grounder to shortstop. The shortstop threw to third base trying to get Holness out, but the ball was dropped and everybody was safe. Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) followed with a sacrifice fly. Proctor singled next and a double steal by Proctor and Denis gave UMass its third run.
The Minutewomen added a run in the fifth when Proctor doubled to center. Sulick, who reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning, scored all the way from first base.
In the top of the sixth inning, Maine's Dana Grimm had a clean single to left field breaking up UMass senior pitcher Barb LaFogg's (Williamsburg, Mass.) bid for a perfect game. Grimm later scored in the inning on an UMass error.
The Minutewomen added some insurance in the sixth when Puglia doubled home Morin from first. Morin had singled earlier in the inning. LaFogg (9-7) pitched around a single and a walk in the seventh to record her ninth win of the season. She gave up two singles and two walks in the game while striking out 13. Candace Jaegge took the loss for Maine. She gave up four unearned runs, fine total, on eight hits and three walks. She fanned four.
In game two, UMass scored an unearned run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Puglia led off the game by reaching on an error and got to second base. A few batters later, Denis delivered a RBI single to give UMass the early lead. The Minutewomen then got two more runs in the third inning to take a three-run lead and knock Maine pitcher Alexis Pullen from the game. Puglia led off with a double to center. She then went to third on an infield single by Molinari. After Molinari stole second, Denis doubled them both home to give UMass a 3-0 advantage. Pullen was relived by Sarah Bennis. She got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts, but the damage had been done.
UMass junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) cruised through the first five innings. She allowed her first hit in the fifth when Amy Kuhl led off with a single up the middle. Busa got out of the inning, however, with two strikeouts.
Bennis continued to shut down the UMass offense, but Busa made the three-run lead stand up. She went the distance for a one-hit shutout. Busa walked one and struck out nine while improving to 4-4 on the season. Pullen took the loss as she gave up all three runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. She struck out one.
Proctor was 0-for-3 in the second game to snap her 13-game hitting streak.
Massachusetts will next host A-10 foe George Washington on Saturday. First pitch of game one from the UMass Softball Complex is set for 12:00 PM.