Softball Scores Two Wins Over Harvard
April 11, 2002
Cambridge, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team improved to 30-10 with a sweep of Harvard on Thursday afternoon at the Harvard Softball Field. The Minutewomen won the first game, 9-3, behind a five-run sixth inning and then scored in the top of the eighth to edge the Crimson, 2-1 in game two.
In the first game, UMass put up three runs in the third. Three consecutive hits by sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) and senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) scored the first run of the day. Junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) followed with her fourth sacrifice fly of the season, scoring Robustelli. Rooney then scored on a Crimson wild pitch to take the 3-0 edge.
Harvard cut the lead to 3-1 in the fifth on two hits, bringing them within one at 3-2.
The Minutewomen rallied in the sixth frame, scoring five runs on five hits, including a two-RBI single by Robustelli and an RBI-single by Rooney to seal the 9-3 victory. Rooney was 3-for-4 at the plate while Robustelli was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in addition to her RBIs.
Junior ace Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) allowed just five hits, while striking out a season-high nine batters to improve to 12-5 on the year.
In the second game, Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Sarah Koppel singled in Lauren Stefanchik.
UMass tied it at one in the third when Rooney doubled to score Franke. Freshman Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) had a pinch hit single to drive in the winning run in the eighth and senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) retired Harvard in order to close out the game. Hadley finished the game with a season-high 11 strikeouts, while scattering six Crimson hits.
Massachusetts is now 30-10 and will be back in action on Saturday, April 13, with a doubleheader at Rhode Island. The Rams are tied for third place in the Atlantic 10 with a 6-3 mark, while UMass holds the top position with a perfect 9-0 record. Game time is set for noon.