Softball Sweeps Dayton 8-0 And 4-1
April 9, 2004
>b>AMHERST, Mass. - Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) had three hits, including a home run and three RBI as the University of Massachusetts softball team (18-11, 2-0 A-10) upped its overall win streak to 11 with a pair of wins over Dayton (10-23, 1-3), 8-0 and 4-1, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. Senior Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) also hit a home run, her 11th of the year, to tie the single-season school record. UMass has now won 61 straight home games. This is the longest streak in the nation.
In game one, the Minutewomen took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Budrewicz home run. It was her second of the season. This came after Dayton had stranded two runners in the first and then left the bases loaded in the second inning. UMass then added another single run in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) led off with a single and scored two batters later on a double by junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.).
The Minutewomen then exploded for five runs in the fourth to break the game open. Senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) led off with a single and was ran for by freshman Michea Holness (Beverly, Mass.). Holness then moved to second on a single by junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Both runners scored on a double down the left-field line by Budrewicz. Freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) continued the offense for UMass with a single. On the next play, Stefanoni reached on a fielder's choice and Budrewicz scored as the Dayton catcher dropped the ball on the throw home. UMass then added another run in the inning when freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) reached on an infield single.
The Minutewomen ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. After a leadoff single by Morin, pinch-hitter Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.) hit a single to center field. The Dayton center fielder overran the ball and it went all the way to the wall. Morin scored from first base and invoked the mercy-rule.
On the mound, UMass sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) pitched a three-hit shutout. She walked three and struck out five as she improved to 10-5 on the season.
In game two, Dayton scored an unearned run in the first inning and made that stand all the way until the fifth. It was the Flyers who last beat the Minutewomen at home, 61 games ago. It looked even more like the streak would come to an end after UMass had runners at first and third with nobody out in the fourth an didn't score, but the offense finally broke though in the fifth.
Sulick started the rally by reaching on an error. She was ran for by senior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.). Budrewicz and Morin followed with infield singles to load the bases with nobody out. After Stefanoni flied out to shallow left, Ferrara came up in another pinch hit role and once again came through. She hit a single up the middle to score a pair. Although she was thrown out trying to go to second, the tying and go-ahead runs scored. The Minutewomen added another run later in the inning when Puglia's routine fly ball to left was dropped.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kelley gave UMass an insurance run with a home run to right-center. It was her 11th of the season and moved her into a tie with Brandi Cross for the single-season record. Cross hit 11 last year. On the mound, junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) was nealyr perfect. She scattered two hits and a walk while fanning nine. She is now 8-5 on the season.
Massachusetts will play a single game at Boston University on Monday, April 12. First-pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. This is a make-up from the March 24 game which was rained out.
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