Softball Stuns Saint Joseph's, 11-0.
April 7, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts softball team used 11 hits and a seven run third inning to top Saint Joseph's 11-0 this afternoon in Atlantic 10 play.
UMass opened the first inning with three runs as it capitalized on a hit by senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.), three walks, an error and a hit batsman.
The Minutewomen added another run in the second as Wheeler's double to left-center scored junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) to put UMass up 4-0. With the RBI, Wheeler surpassed Kim Gutridge (1995-98) as the UMass all-time RBI leader with 132 career runs batted in.
In the third, the Maroon & White blew the game wide open, taking advantage of six hits and a Hawk error to score seven runs. UMass received RBI singles from sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.), juniors Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and a two RBI double by senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) to go ahead, 11-0.
In the fifth inning, freshman Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) recorded her first collegiate hit with a line drive into left field.
Holtz shut down the SJU offense, limiting the Hawks to three hits and one walk, while striking out five. The shutout was the fifth of the season for Holtz and her fourth in the last five outings.
UMass improves to 26-10 overall and 9-0 in the A-10. The Minutewomen have now won 32 consecutive conference games and are on an 11 game win streak. Saint Joseph's slips to 16-7 overall and 3-6 in the A-10.
The Minutewomen return to action Tuesday, April 9, with a doubleheader against Vermont in Amherst at 3:00 p.m.