Softball Snares A Pair From Vermont, 3-1 & 10-0
April 9, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (27-10 / 9-0 Atlantic 10) softball team swept a doubleheader against Vermont (1-17 / 0-4 America East) this afternoon, 3-1 and 10-0. The win extends UMass' win streak to 13 this season and marked its 32nd consecutive victory at home.
In game one, UMass took the early lead, capitalizing on two Catamount errors. On a potential double play dribbler, Vermont's first baseman threw the ball over second base and into left-center, scoring senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.). Junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.).
Vermont answered in the second, tying the game at one on a UMass error which allowed a runner to score from second.
The Minutewomen went up for good in the fourth inning when freshman Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) drilled a hit through the left side, scoring junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) from second base.
Senior ace Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned her 12th win of the season as she scattered six hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Vermont's Angie Totaro slipped to 1-8 on the season.
In game two, UMass jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first, stringing together five hits. Bakken started the rally with an infield single and scored on a double by Wheeler. Cross then hit a towering home run to right field, her first of the season and 12th of her career. Perey followed with a rope to right field, scoring sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) from second base.
The Minutewomen scored five more runs in the third frame on four hits and a Catamount error. Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) hit a stand-up triple, scoring Perey and freshman Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.). Sophomore KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) then reached base on a Vermont error which scored Robustelli. Wheeler followed with a drive to right-center to plate Budrewicz. Sophomore Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) then laced a ball to left-center, scoring freshman pinch runner Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) from first base.
UMass added another run in the fourth when sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) smoked a double to deep center field, scoring freshman Kim Harrigan (Reading, Mass.). It was the first extra-base hit of Franke's career.
Arnold improved to 5-0 as she allowed only one hit and no walks, while striking out five. It was the second one-hitter for Arnold this season. Vermont's Kara Massey dropped to 0-8.
UMass returns to action Thursday, April 11, with a twinbill at Harvard (18-4 / 4-0 Ivy League). Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.