Softball Falls To UConn, 4-3, In Nine Innings
April 21, 2004
STORRS, Conn. - Jen Ward's RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the University of Connecticut softball team (20-18) a 4-3 win over the University of Massachusetts (22-12) this afternoon. The Minutewomen were out-hit 18-6 in the game and had their winning streak snapped at 15. It is the most hits that a UMass team has ever given up in a single game.
The Huskies scored twice in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Ashleigh Campen hit a home run on the first pitch of the inning and Jennifer D'Angelo added a RBI double later in the frame. UMass tied the game with two runs in the top of the second. Senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) led off with a double and scored two batters later on a RBI single by senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.). Senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) drove in the second run later in the inning with an infield single.
The Minutewomen took a brief 3-2 lead when junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) led off the fourth with a solo home run. The Huskies responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Stephanie DiBiase. The Huskies had runners at first and third with nobody out, but did not score any more. That would be a pattern for the rest of the game as UConn stranded 16 runners on base.
UConn had two on with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and knocked junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) from the game. Sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) then came in and got Suzanne de Barry to strikeout and end the inning. Arnold allowed 11 hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
In both the eighth and ninth innings UMass had a runner on second with one out, but were unable to score. In the eighth, junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) singled and went to second on a bunt by freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.), but sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) and Sulick struck out. A walk to Cahalan was sandwiched in between the strikeouts. In the ninth, Budrewicz walked to start the frame and was moved to second on a bunt by freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.), but junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) flied out and senior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) struck out to end the frame. Both were pinch hitters.
UConn had the bases loaded with one out in both the eighth and ninth innings. Busa was able to get a strikeout and a line out in the eighth to escape trouble, but could not get out of the ninth. Jennifer D'Angelo led off with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Stephanie DiBiase singled up the middle and then Holly Calcagno singled softly up the middle to load the bases. Ward then hit a flare that dropped about seven feet fair down the left-field line to score D'Angelo with the winning run.
Today's loss marks the second straight year in which UMass has had a double-digit win streak snapped in Storrs. Last year, the Huskies won 1-0 on April 15, 2003, to end the Minutewomen's 14-game winning streak.
UMass will host Maine on Friday for a doubleheader. First-pitch at the UMass Softball Complex is set for 3:30 p.m. The Minutewomen have won 64 in a row at home, the longest such streak in the country.