Softball Tops Boston College, 5-2
April 17, 2002
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Massachusetts scored four runs in the second inning on its way to a 5-2 victory over Boston College in softball action on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Field. The Minutewomen's leadoff hitter - Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) - went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in for the game.
In the second, Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) singled to the gap in right center to get on base, then was replaced on the basepath by KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.). Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) beat out an infield single and both runners moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.). Budrewicz beat out the throw home and scored the team's first run on a Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) fielder's choice. Cahalan scored when Robustelli hit a liner off Eagle pitcher Kim Ryan, then Teri Rooney's (Visalia, Calif.) two-out single to center field drove in two more runs to round out the scoring in the inning.
Massachusetts added its final run in the fourth when Robustelli singled in Ashely Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) from second.
BC put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of homers from Jen Asbury and Lisa Field. Asbury led off the inning with an opposite-field blast that bounced off the left center fence. Field's home run was the first of her career and just the second extra-base hit of her career. She lofted her shot over the far left field fence.
UMass opened the game with a prime scoring situation in the first inning as the team had runners on second and third with one out. Brandi Cross' (Diamod Bar, Calif.) deep fly ball to center field with one out was fielded cleanly by Sara Kellner who threw out Robustelli at the plate for the third out of the frame.
UMass' Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) won her 15th contest of the season with the complete game. She scattered five hits and struck out six while walking two. BC used a trio of pitchers. Ryan started and lasted 1.2 innings. She allowed four runs on five hits and walked one. Tekae Malandris relieved her and went 4.1 innings with two strike outs and one earned run. Michelle Daly pitched the last inning and gave up one hit.
With the win, Massachusetts improved to 34-10 while Boston College dipped to 18-20 on the season.
Massachusetts will next play Central Connecticut in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 18 in New Britain, Conn.