Softball Takes Two At Rhode Island, 8-0 and 4-1
April 13, 2002
Kingston, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (32-10/ 11-0 Atlantic 10) took a pair of games from Rhode Island (15-20. 6-5 A-10) this afternoon to extend its win-streak to 17 games.
Junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) set the tone for the Minutewomen in game one, limiting the Rams to just two hits and one walk, while striking out four en route to her sixth shutout of the season.
UMass got on board in the first inning, stringing together five hits to score three runs. RBI singles by Holtz, junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz,) and sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) gave UMass the 3-0 advantage.
The Minutewomen added two more runs in the fourth as senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) belted her sixth triple of the season to score senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.). Rooney scored on the same play on an errant throw by the Rams' left fielder.
UMass scored two runs in the fifth frame on a two-run shot by sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) over the right field fence to put UMass up, 7-0.
The Maroon & White scored the final run of the game in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single by senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.).
Holtz picked up the win to improve to 13-5 overall and 6-0 in the Atlantic 10. Bakken and Holtz each went 2-for-3 with a double.
In game two, senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) led the Minutewomen on the mound, scattering four hits and one run, while striking out four.
Rhode Island took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a walk and back-to-back singles.
UMass answered in the fourth inning with two runs on four hits and two Ram errors. A single to deep center field by junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) scored Wheeler from second to tie the game at one. With two outs, Cahalan and Perey each reached on singles and a throwing error by URI's pitcher scored Cahalan to put UMass up, 2-1.
The Minutewomen added two insurance runs in the seventh on two hits and another Ram error. Bakken started the rally with a single up the middle, followed by a double by junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.). Rooney then hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Bakken. Robustelli scored when Rhode Island made a throwing error to first base.
Hadley earned the win to improve to 14-5 and 5-0 in the A-10. Wheeler and Rooney both went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the win.
UMass will play the final game of the series against Rhode Island tomorrow at noon.