UMass Softball Silences St. Bonaventure, 6-0 and 9-1
April 20, 2002
Amherst, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team out-hit St. Bonaventure 19-7 and took advantage of nine hit batsmen to defeat the Bonnies 6-0 and 9-1 this afternoon. The pair of victories extends UMass' win streak to 23 games, one shy of the all-time school record of 24 games set in 1979 and again in 2001.
The Minutewomen led off with a three-run first inning, using two hits and four hit batsmen to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Cross drove in two runs on a single to right field which scored junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) and Rooney and scored herself when St. Bonaventure's Emily Hart hit Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) with the bases loaded.
UMass scored two more runs in the second inning on four hits. Robustelli singled up the middle and moved to second on a bunt single by Rooney. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) then singled to the short stop to load the bags. Cross brought Robustelli home on a sacrifice fly and junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) singled up the middle to score Rooney.
The Minutewomen scored their final run of the game in the sixth inning as Rooney doubled to left field, moved to third on a fly out and scored on an error by SBU's short stop.
Holtz (16-5) recorded the win as she scattered three hits and one walk, while striking out nine. Hart dropped to 3-10 as she allowed six hits, hit four hit batters and struck out three.
In game two, UMass used a RBI single by Cross in the third inning to break open a tie game and never looked back.
The Minutewomen struck first with a run to open the game as Holtz drove in Rooney who had reached base on an error by SBU's short stop.
St. Bonaventure answered in the second with a run of their own as Vicki Covey singled, moved to second base on a ground out and scored on a Laurie Stone single to center field.
UMass went ahead for good in the third as Cross singled home Rooney who reached base on her seventh triple of the season.
The Minutewomen scored five more times in the fourth on RBI singles by Franke, senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.), Wheeler and Holtz.
UMass pushed its lead to 8-1 in the fifth inning as Robustelli drove in junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and forced the eight run advantage mercy rule in the sixth as Bakken drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Senior Jen Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned her 17th win of the season (17-5) as she allowed four hits, while striking out three. SBU's Prince dropped to 3-6 as she gave up nine hits, hit five batters and struck out one.
With the two victories, UMass improves to 38-10 overall and 14-0 in the Atlantic 10. St. Bonaventure slips to 7-16 overall and 5-9 in the A-10.
The Minutewomen and the Bonnies play the final game of the three game series Sunday at noon.
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