UMass Softball Breezes By St. Bonaventure, 10-0
April 21, 2002
Amherst, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team scored 10 runs on just four hits as it defeated St. Bonaventure, 10-0, in five innings this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The win was the Minutewomen's 24th in a row, tying the school record set in 1979 and 2001. The Minutewomen were hit by a pitch six more times this afternoon for a total of 15 times in the three-game series.
The Minutewomen wasted no time as they jumped on the board early and often scoring four runs in the first, highlighted by sophomore Jamie Cahalan's (Mesa, Ariz.) two-out three-run home run over the right field fence. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) started the two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch and was doubled home by junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.). After junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) was hit by a pitch, Cahalan smacked her third home run of the season to clear the bases.
In the bottom half of the second inning, UMass scored two more runs to take a 6-0 lead. Senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) led off with a double and then advanced to third on a passed ball. The next batter, junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.), walked and stole second. With two runners in scoring position, senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) grounded out scoring Bakken and increasing the lead to 5-0. After Wheeler was hit by a pitch for the second time this afternoon, and fourth time in the series, Cross hit a sacrifice fly that scored Robustelli.
In the third,junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) led off with a walk and then stole second base. Bakken then walked and Robustelli was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rooney hit a single up the middle to score two runs making the score 8-0. The Minutewomen added two more in the inning to take the 10-0 lead.
Senior Jen Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) pitched the first four innings for the Maroon & White and allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out four batters as she improves to 18-5 on the season. Freshman Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) closed out the game pitching a perfect fifth with one strikeout.
Kristen Scheffold gave up ten runs, eight of which were earned on four hits in three innings of work for the Bonnies. She struck out one batter and walked three.
Massachusetts has now won 44 consecutive Atlantic 10 games and have allowed a mere four earned runs in conference play this season.
The Minutewomen will travel to Storrs, Conn., for a 4:30 p.m. showdown with the University of Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday, April 24.