Softball Sweeps St. Bonaventure, 8-0 And 3-1
April 18, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (22-11, 6-0 A-10) used strong pitching from its entire staff to sweep a doubleheader from St. Bonaventure (8-18, 3-7), 8-0 and 3-1, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen have now won 15 straight games overall and 64 in a row at home, the longest such streak in the nation. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) had five RBI on the day, including a grand slam.
In game one, Massachusetts used a six-run second inning to take a commanding league. Junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) led off with a double. Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) then drew a walk and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. The next three batters, freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.), sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) and senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) were each hit by a pitch. Both Stefanoni and Franke were credited with a RBI. Puglia then came up and crushed the first pitch that she saw over the left-field fence for a grand slam.
The Minutewomen added a single run in the fourth on a RBI single by Sulick and the game ended in the sixth when junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) scored on an error. Denis had led off the inning with a triple that hit the base of the fence in right-center field.
Junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) got the start for the Minutewomen and pitched five shutout innings. She allowed two hits and a walk while fanning five. Junior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) pitched the final inning. She allowed one hit and struck out two.
In game two, the Bonnies took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first. Two runs almost scored on an error by sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.), but Denis gunned down Kristin Brunetto at home with a strike from left field. UMass got the run right back, however, in the bottom of the first. Puglia was hit by a pitch to start the frame and was then sacrificed to second base by Denis. After moving to third on a passed ball, Puglia scored on a wild pitch.
UMass then scored two runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Stefanoni got the two-out rally going with an infield single. Franke then singled to right field. Stefanoni advanced to third and when the throw in got by the third baseman, she was able to score while Franke moved up to second. Franke then stole third and scored on a fielder's choice by Puglia. Puglia hit a ground ball to third, but the third baseman threw home even though there were two outs. Franke beat the throw and UMass had its second run of the inning.
Sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) pitched her third one-hitter of the season. She walked three and struck out six. The only hit she allowed was off the bat of Joelle Brunetto with two outs in the fifth. Both Busa and Arnold are now 11-5 this year.
SBU third baseman Kim Dodson came into the game as the nation's leading hitter with a .500 average, but was 0-5 on the day against UMass pitching.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Wednesday, April 21, with a single-game at UConn. First-pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m. UMass then returns home for a make-up doubleheader with Maine on Friday, April 23. First-pitch will be 3:30 p.m.