Softball Shuts Out Boston College, 4-0
April 15, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) set a new school single-season record by hitting home run number 12 as the University of Massachusetts softball team (20-11) shut out Boston College (24-16), 4-0, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen have now won 13 games in a row overall and 62 straight at home.
The Eagles threatened to score first in the second inning. A single by Britney Thompson and a walk to Michelle Daly put two runners on with one out. After a wild pitch by junior pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.), both runners moved into scoring position. Arnold, who is celebrating her 21st birthday today, then got Lisa Field and Erin Mackey to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, the Minutewomen broke into the scoring column. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) singled to center field with one out and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.). Kelley then came up and hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-center field fence. The line drive home run was her 12th of the year breaking the single-season high of 11 set by Brandi Cross last year.
Massachusetts then added two insurance runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) led off the inning by striking out, but was able to reach first base on a wild pitch. Junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) then reached on an error and the Minutewomen had runners on second and third with nobody out. Puglia then delivered a RBI single to left field, her second hit of the day. Two batters later, UMass made it a 4-0 game when Puglia and Molinari successfully pulled off a double steal. Puglia raced home when BC catcher Lisa Field threw down to second trying to nab Molinari.
Arnold breezed through seven innings for her third shutout of the season and is now 10-5. She scattered three hits and a walk while not striking out a batter. Daly threw the first four innings for the Eagles. She gave up two earned runs on three hits and a walk. Daly fanned four. Tekae Malandris then came in and threw the final two innings. She gave up two unearned runs on a hit and no walks while striking out two.
Puglia, who went 2-3 with two runs scored and a RBI recorded the only multi-hit day on either side. She raised her team-high batting average to .347.
Massachusetts will now host St. Bonaventure on Sunday in an A-10 doubleheader. First pitch from the UMass Softball Complex is slated for 12:00 p.m.