Softball Downs Boston College, 5-1
April 19, 2005
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Behind three home runs, Massachusetts (22-12-1) defeated Boston College (15-18), 5-1, Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field. Amanda Acampora, Amanda Morin and Hilary Puglia each went deep for the Minutewomen. Acampora's long ball was a pinch hit, three-run home run in the top of the second inning. It also marked the first of her career. Barb LaFogg (14-8) pitched five scoreless innings for the Minutewomen en route to the victory.
With one out in the second inning, UMass got the game's first scoring chance. Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled and then freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) doubled to put runners on second and third. After freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) struck out, sophomore Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) came up as a pinch hitter for junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.). Acampora responded by hitting a three-run home run, the first one of her career.
In the third, sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) crushed a solo home run over the centerfield fence and into the adjacent football practice field. That home run also knocked BC starting pitcher Britney Thompson out of the game. Elena Ferrero came in the game with one out in the top of the third inning. Ferrero got out of the inning without any further damage. Thompson allowed four runs on four hits in 2.1 innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out one.
UMass senior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) saw her first trouble
of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. A one-out walk and single gave
Boston College runners on first and second. LaFogg came back to strike out
Lisa Field on three pitches and then induce a routine fly ball to Proctor in
left by pinch hitter Angela Pandolfo. The Minutewomen then gave LaFogg some
more run support in the fifth inning. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.)
drove a 2-2 pitch over the left-centerfield fence for her sixth home run of
LaFogg then ran into more trouble in the fifth. A leadoff walk an infield single gave the Eagles runners at first and second with nobody out. LaFogg was able to get out of the jam with a ground out and two fly outs to sophomore Candace Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) in centerfield. LaFogg was relieved by junior Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) at the beginning of the sixth inning. LaFogg pitched five scoreless innings for the Minutewomen. She scattered four hits, walked two and fanned four.
Busa gave up a pair of hits to start the sixth and for the third straight inning, Boston College had two runners on with just one out. After Busa got Pandolfo to strike out, Kelley tried to pick off the runner at first base. She threw the ball into right field, however, and the Eagles got on the board. Busa got a ground out by Michelle Daly and was able to get out of the inning with just the one run scoring.
In the bottom of the seventh, Busa issued a pair of walks sandwiched around a ground out. Busa then got a line out and a ground out to end the game. It was her second save of the season.
Massachusetts will next play a crucial Atlantic 10 Doubleheader at St. Bonaventure on Friday, April 22. First pitch of game one is set for 3:00 PM.