Softball Scores 21 Runs On 28 Hits En Route To Doubleheader Sweep Of Saint Joseph's, 8-3 And 13-1
April 15, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts (20-11-1, 6-2 A-10) scored 21 runs on 28 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep of Saint Joseph's (11-17, 0-4) Friday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. Junior catcher KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) led the Minutewomen by going 6-for-8 at the plate with six RBI. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) was also 5-for-8 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) was 3-for-6 at the plate with a triple, RBI and four stolen bases. UMass has now won nine games in a row this year.
In the first inning of game one, Saint Joseph's scored twice to take a 2-0 lead. Katie McCann worked a one-out walk and then scored a batter later on a double down the left-field line by Jill Clementi. Clement then scored later in the inning on a wild pitch and an error by Kelley behind the plate. Senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Minutewomen came back in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) got it started with a single through the left side. She scored one batter later when Puglia tripled to right field. Molinari then reached on an error and Puglia scored the tying run.
In the fourth inning, UMass kept up the offense and was able to take the lead. Back-to-back singles by freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) and sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) followed by a passed ball put runners at second and third with nobody out. Freshman Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.) then singled up the middle to drive in Proctor and give UMass a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Puglia drove in Morin with a sharp single to left. Freshman pinch hitter Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) then singled to right driving in Hurd with the inning's third run. After Kelley popped out on the infield, senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) grounded out to end the threat and UMass took a 5-2 lead into the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, a walk and an infield single gave the Hawks two runners on with just one out. LaFogg got a pop-out, but then a single to center by Clementi brought the Hawks within two runs at 5-3. LaFogg got Alicia Cinic to fly out to Molinari in center and end the inning. UMass then added some insurance in the sixth inning. Puglia got on base via an error and then scored on a triple by Molinari. Molinari then came across the plate when Kelley singled up the middle. Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) doubled later in the inning to give UMass an 8-3 lead.
LaFogg worked around a walk in the seventh and UMass won its eighth straight game. She was charged with two earned runs on six hits and three walks. LaFogg struck out 11. Puglia, Kelley and Morin each had a pair of hits for the Minutewomen.
Saint Joseph's then took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game two with an unearned run off junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.).
UMass came back to take the lead in the third inning. Puglia led off with a double to the right-centerfield gap and then moved to third on an infield single by Molinari. After Molinari stole second base, Kelley ripped a double down the left-field which scored two runs. Denis then reached on an error when her liner to left was dropped and another run was able to score. Sulick followed with a RBI single to right and then Proctor crushed a two-run triple to the right-centerfield gap. Proctor was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but walks to Morin and Hurd kept the UMass rally going strong.
Sophomore pinch hitter Amanda Acampora (orange, Conn.) hit a single off the centerfield wall that missed being her first career home run by inches. Only one run scored as the baserunners had to hold up and see if the ball would be caught. Puglia then singled to left field and loaded the bases for senior pinch hitter Jasmine Edwards (Queens Village, N.Y.). Edwards struck out, but Kelley delivered a two-run single up the middle. Denis kept it up for UMass with another single up the middle driving in a run and making the score 9-1. The inning ended when Sulick roped a line drive right at SJU left fielder Katie McCann. All told, the Minutewomen sent 15 batters to the plate in the third inning. Nine scored and 10 recorded hits. Kelley led the charge with four RBI.
The Minutewomen continued the offensive onslaught in the fourth. After Morin reached on a wild pitch when striking out, she was doubled home by junior Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.). Cullington then drove in UMass' 11th run with a triple to right field. Cullington crossed the plate when Puglia reached on an error. Puglia was thrown out, however, when she tried to get to second base. Molinari then reached on an infield single, stole second base and scored when Kelley singled up the middle.
Busa finished strong allowed just the one unearned run on two hits and a walk. She struck out seven.
Morin recorded at least one hit in each game for UMass to run her hitting streak to nine games in a row.
Massachusetts will remain at home over the weekend and host Temple Sunday at Noon. Once again, both games will be broadcast for free on the Internet at www.umassathletics.com through SportsJuice. There will also be live stats via Gametracker for both games.