Softball Takes A Pair From Saint Joseph's, 7-1 and 4-1
April 7, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts softball team swept Saint Joseph's this afternoon, 7-1 and 4-1, as it improved to 25-10 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks slid to 16-5 overall and 3-5 in the A-10.
UMass jumped out on top in game one in the bottom of the third inning as senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) hit a two-run home run over the right field fence. It marked Wheeler's fifth homer of the season and the 22nd of her career.
The Minutewomen added two more runs on three hits in the fourth frame. Sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) singled home freshman pinch runner Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) and scored from third later that inning when junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Calif.) drew a throw when stealing second base.
The Minutewomen scored two insurance runs in the seventh on one hit and two Hawk errors. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) scored from third when Saint Joseph's catcher over threw the third baseman on an attempted pick-off. Wheeler then scored from third on a Holtz fielder's choice when the catcher dropped the throw to the plate.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Hawks got on board with one run off of two hits but would get no closer as Holtz struck out the final batter of the game. It was the first earned run Holtz had given up in four A-10 outings. She received her 10th win of the season as she scattered four hits, while striking out four.
In game two, the Minutewomen used a three-run seventh inning to run away with the 4-1 victory.
UMass struck first in the third inning as Rooney hit a triple to the right-center gap. Wheeler then singled into left field, scoring freshman pinch runner Kim Harrigan (Reading, Mass.). With the RBI, Wheeler now stands at 131 career runs batted in and is tied for a share of the all-time school record.
The Hawks knotted the score at one in the fourth, plating a runner on three hits.
The score remained tied through the sixth inning until UMass unleashed a three-run seventh frame. Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) hit a RBI single to right-center to put the Minutewomen on top and Rooney followed up with a two-RBI shot to right field to seal the UMass win.
Senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) recorded the win, her 11th of the season, as she allowed four Hawk hits, while striking out two.
The Minutewomen round out the Saint Joseph's series tomorrow with a single game at noon.
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