Softball Splits With Dayton
April 19, 2003
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Massachusetts softball team (25-12, 7-1) had its 52-game Atlantic 10 regular season winning streak come to an end this afternoon as it fell to Dayton, 5-4, in 12 innings. The Minutewomen were victorious in game one of the doubleheader, 5-0. UMass' last regular season conference loss was also its last home loss, a 3-1 set-back to Dayton on April 30, 2000.
Senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) gave herself all the necessary offense with a three-run home run, her fourth of the year, in the first inning of game one. Junior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) got things started with a one-out single and moved to second when senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) drew a walk setting things up for Holtz.
The Minutewomen added one insurance run in the sixth and seventh innings to secure the victory. Holtz was a part of the fourth run as she led off the sixth inning with a double. Pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) and scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.). Junior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) led off the seventh by getting hit by a pitch and was soon standing at third after stealing two consecutive bases. She scored on an RBI single to center field by senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.).
Holtz scattered two hits and walked one as she posted her seventh shutout of the season. She fanned four batters.
An infield single by Franke in the top of the third inning of game two gave the Minutewomen a 1-0 lead. Franke singled to lead off the UMass sixth and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Puglia to put the Minutewomen up 2-0. An RBi triple by senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) and a sacrifice fly by Franke in the top of the seventh gave UMass a 4-0 lead and it seemed to be well on its way to a victory, but the Flyers rallied for four runs with two outs to send the game into extra innings.
Sophomore pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) had cruised through the first 6.2 innings, but could not record the final out. Tami Roudebush led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a pinch-hit single, but pinch runner Lindsay Jordan was thrown out at second on a fielders choice after Arnold fanned Megan Koester leaving the Flyers down to their final out. The next four Dayton batters recorded hits however, highlighted by Cassie Gross' game-tying two-run home run, sending the game into extra-innings.
Holtz came in the game in the eighth inning and yielded four hits and no walks over 4.2 innings. In the 12th, UD's Shannon St. Clair and Angie Barney both singled to put the winning run in scoring position, but Holtz was able to get the next two batters out. Just when it looked like the Minutewomen might get out of the jam, Tracie Weinheimer singled up the middle to drive in the winning run.
The Minutewomen had their chances to score prior to the 12th, but stranded five runners in the extra frames. Junior catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) led off the ninth with a double, but could not advance. Then in the 10th, UMass had two on and one out courtesy of a Cross single and Kelley reaching on a Flyer error, but were unable to score.
Arnold gave up eight hits and four runs, while walking three and striking out six. Holtz fanned six in her first relief outing of the season. Dana Campbell, the loser in game one, worked four innings of scoreless relief to record the victory in the nightcap.
Last season, UMass was an extra-inning winner at Dayton. The Flyers had the winning run at third base, but could not score and the Minutewomen prevailed in 10 innings.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Wednesday, April 23, when they host Connecticut at 5:00 p.m. UMass will be looking for revenge as the Huskies ended its 14-game winning streak with an unearned run in the seventh inning last week for a 1-0 victory.