Softball Sweeps Harvard 13-0 And 8-0
April 10, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (21-10, 4-0 A-10) won two games over Harvard in five innings this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex, 13-0 and 8-0. The Minutewomen, who had not played a game in eight days due to snow and ice, have now won 12 games in a row overall.
In game one, the Minutewomen used a 10-run second inning to cruise to a 13-0 five-inning win. Senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) had a pair of two-run doubles in the first and second inning as part of her three-hit, four-RBI game. On the mound, she went 3.0 innings, while giving up a hit and striking out four en route to her 10th win of the season.
At the top of the order, senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) was 3-3 with two RBI, while sophomore Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) was 1-1 with a three-run home run into the left field screen. Junior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) also singled in the second inning to drive in a pair of runs.
With the exception of sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.), the starter in game two, all 19 active Minutewomen entered the game in some capacity.
Freshman Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) pitched the game's final two innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while fanning four. Harvard used three pitchers in the four innings that they were on the field.
In game two, Harvard loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third inning, but UMass junior catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) picked off Erin Halpenny at third to keep the game scoreless. UMass then exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Holtz to left. The other run was driven in by Puglia, who reached on an error. In the fourth, UMass pushed another run home when Robustelli tripled to right-center field scoring junior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.), who had doubled. Robustelli's triple was the team's first three-bagger of the year.
Franke ended the game in the fifth with a bases loaded single to center. Senior pinch-runner Jessica Bartlett (Turners Falls, Mass.) and senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) both scored o the play.
Arnold gave up four hits and three walks, while fanning six. She is now 9-4 this year.
Massachusetts will host Rhode Island on Sunday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m.