Softball Shuts Out BC, 2-0
April 16, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (24-11, 6-0 A-10) used strong pitching from senior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) to defeat Boston College (20-14), 2-0, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The win was the 47th straight for the Minutewomen at home.
Massachusetts strung together two straight hits after two were out in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) started the rally with a bloop single to left field. Holtz followed with a double to the right-center field gap scoring Cross. It turned out to be the only offense that Holtz would need as she improved to 12-6 on the season and lowered her ERA to 0.93. She scattered four hits and did not walk a batter while fanning six.
Junior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) added an insurance run in the fourth with a two-out solo home run to right, her second of the season.
The Eagles never had more than one runner on base at a time and only reached second base twice. Their best chance to score came in the third. Kim Hopkin led the inning off with an infield single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Jacqui Goodchild hit a ball down the left field line, but UMass sophomore Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) made a spectacular diving catch in foul ground as she crashed into the fence. Denis got up and still had the presence to throw out Hopkin as she tagged up and attempted to reach third base.
Massachusetts will return to action on Saturday, April 19, with a doubleheader at Dayton.