Softball Sweeps George Washington, 11-0 And 2-1
April 9, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) was 5-for-7 with two RBI as the Massachusetts Softball Team (15-11-1, 4-2 A-10) swept a doubleheader from George Washington (8-20, 3-3), 11-0 and 2-1, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. In game one, junior KJ Kelley (Ranier, Ore.) tied the UMass all-time record with her 26th career home run while senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) threw a one-hit shutout for an 11-0 UMass win in five innings. In game two, Puglia hit a game-winning, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give UMass the win.
In game one, a two-out error by the Colonials opened up the flood gates and allowed UMass to score three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit a fly ball to right-centerfield. GW's Jackie Yaniga dropped the ball allowing Kelley to reach second base. Junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) singled to put runners on first and third. UMass then executed a double-steal to plate the game's first run. After senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) walked, freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) and sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) each recorded RBI singles to put UMass up 3-0.
UMass then blew the game wide open with eight runs on nine hits in the bottom of the third. Kelley led off with a double and then consecutive singles by Denis and Sulick loaded the bases with nobody out. Proctor then hit a two-run double off the centerfield wall to make it a 5-0 game. After Morin singled home another run, junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) hit a ground ball to third base where Lindsay Graham threw home. The catcher Colleen Kegler dropped the ball and two runs were able to score.
Later in the inning, UMass added to its lead. Puglia had a RBI double and then Kelley crushed a two-run home run over the scoreboard in left field. The home run was Kelley's 26th in her career which tied Scooter Wheeler and Brandi Cross for the most in school history.
On the mound, senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) tossed a one-hit shutout. She allowed just one bloop single to center in the fourth inning. She also walked a batter, hit a batter and struck out 11.
Puglia, Kelley, Denis, Proctor and Morin each had two hits for the Minutewomen. Proctor had three RBI while Kelley and Morin had two apiece.
In game two, UMass took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Morin led off with her first career home run. It was a line shot over the fence in right field.
Junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) was cruising along until the sixth inning. Katy Harrigan led off the frame with a sharp single to left-centerfield. It was the first hit for the Colonials in the second game. Busa came back to get the next three batters out, however. Two came via the strikeout.
In the seventh, George Washington came back to tie the game. Jackie Yaniga led off with a single to right field and then advanced to second on an error by Morin. Denis threw the ball in trying to get Yaniga out at first and it went into the dugout. Yaniga scored one batter later on a RBI single by pitcher Gabby Culp.
In the bottom of the inning, an error by Catherine Belanger at second base allowed Morin to reach base. Two batters later, she moved to third on a pinch-hit single up the middle by sophomore Amanda Acampora (Orange, Mass.). Puglia then drove the ball into the right-centerfield gap to give UMass the win.
Busa improved to 5-4 on the year with the complete game win. She gave up the one unearned run on three hits and two walks. She struck out 10 batters.
Massachusetts returns to action with a road game Tuesday, April 12, at UConn. The single game will begin at 4:00 PM.