Softball Splits With Temple
April 17, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Both teams combined for 25 runs and 30 hits as Massachusetts (21-12-1, 7-3 A-10) split a doubleheader with Temple (12-24, 1-7) Sunday afternoon on a beautiful sunny day at the UMass Softball Complex. Temple won the first game, 11-3, snapping UMass' nine-game winning streak and 82-game regular season unbeaten streak. The Minutewomen then bounced back to win the second game, 10-1, in five innings. The UMass offense hit four home runs and was paced by senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
UMass jumped out first in game one with two runs in the first inning. On the second pitch, senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) hit a home run to left-centerfield. Sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, stole second base and then scored later in the inning when Sulick roped a double off the left field wall.
In the top of the third, Temple loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a hit by pitch. Senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) got a strikeout for the second out of the inning, but a walk by Laura Gutscher and then a two-run single off the bat of Adrienne Repsher gave Temple a 3-2 lead. LaFogg got Lauren Evans to strikeout and get out of the inning. Then in the fifth, Temple loaded the bases with nobody out and the heart of the order up. LaFogg then hit Repsher on a 0-2 pitch for the fourth Temple run and that was followed by a walk to Lauren Evans which made the score 5-2 in favor of the Owls. LaFogg was able to get of the inning with just one more run scoring via a sacrifice fly. The Owls took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth marking UMass' largest deficit at home of the season.
Temple then added to its lead with an unearned run in the sixth off junior Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.), who entered the game at the beginning of the inning in relief of LaFogg. LaFogg allowed six runs, all earned, on six hits, three walks and two hit batsman. She struck out seven. Temple scored twice more off Busa in the seventh and with the bases loaded and nobody out, freshman Maggie Feix (North Kingstown, R.I.) came in to make her collegiate pitching debut. She walked one and struck out one, but was not charged with any runs.
The Minutewomen offense could not get anything going against Richelle Villescas in the middle innings. She allowed just four base runners after the first inning. The final UMass run scored in the seventh inning when freshman pinch hitter Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) hit a solo home run. It was her second career home run. Villescas went the distance in game one. She scattered six hits and did not walk a batter. Villescas fanned five batters.
Molinari left the game in the third inning after fouling a ball off her foot. Sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) was 1-for-3 in the game to extend her hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.
Villescas got the start for Temple in the second game, but lasted just four batters. Puglia and Morin led off with singles and then Kelley hit a three-run home run to left-center field. Denis kept up the offense with a single up the middle and that knocked Villescas out of the game. Jen Nacianceno came in the game to face Sulick. Sulick sacrificed Denis to second and then freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) singled down the left-field line giving Massachusetts a 4-0 lead.
The Owls got one run back in the third, but it could have been a lot worse. With a run already home and the bases loaded, Busa got a double-play. Busa fielded a come-backer to the mound and threw home for the first out. Kelley then threw to first trying to complete the 1-2-3 twin-killing. Repsher was safe at first, but first baseman Amanda Morin threw across the field and got Aida Esquer rounding the third-base bag to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the UMass offense got going again. Kelley led off with a walk and was pinch run for by freshman Angela Conforti (West Boylston, Mass.). Conforti moved up a base when Denis singled and then they both scored when Sulick doubled to the left-centerfield gap. Proctor followed by doubling to the right-centerfield gap to plate Sulick. After Cullington was hit by a pitch, junior Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.) blasted a three-run home run to left-centerfield. It was her first career home run. The Minutewomen tallied six runs on four hits in the inning to take a 10-1 lead.
Busa pitched a scoreless fifth inning to complete the mercy-rule victory. She was charged with one earned run on five hits and two walks. Busa struck out five batters.
Morin was 1-for-2 in the second game to extend her hitting streak to 11 games.
Massachusetts now hits the road for three straight games. The Minutewomen will play a single game at Boston College on Tuesday, April 19. First-pitch is set for 4:00 PM. UMass then plays a doubleheader at St. Bonaventure on Friday, April 22, beginning at 3:00 PM. The Minutewomen will return to the UMass Softball Complex on Sunday, April 24, to host North Carolina State out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. First-pitch of game one will be 12:00 PM. This marks the first regular season home games for UMass against a member of the ACC. Live stats for all five games will be available on Gametracker at www.umassathletics.com.
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