Softball Takes Two From St. Bonaventure
OLEAN, N.Y. - KJ Kelley was 4-for-4 with a RBI and on base all seven at bats to lead Massachusetts (24-12-1, 9-3 A-10) to a sweep of St. Bonaventure (10-17, 6-2), 9-1 and 7-1, on a cold and rainy afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. Hilary Puglia, Lauren Proctor and Denise Denis each had three hits for the Minutewomen. Puglia had a pair of home runs, one in each game. Denis reorded a single, double and triple in game one. UMass won the first game in six innings due to the mercy-rule. Game two was called after five because of the rain.
Laurie Stone gave the Bonnies a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one with a two-out solo home run over the left-centerfield fence off of senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.). The Minutewomen then exploded for six runs on five hits in the top of the second inning to take a 6-1 lead. Freshman Lauren Prcotor (Redmond, Wash.) started it by reaching on an error and advancing to second base. She then moved to third when freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) singled to left. After Cullington was lifted for freshman pinch runner Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.), UMass tied the game on a double steal. The next two batters were retired, but UMass made the Bonnies pay for their error by scoring five runs after there were two outs and the inning should have been over.
Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) singled to left driving in Hurd and gave UMass a 2-1 lead. After Puglia stole second, she scored on a RBI single by sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.). Junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) walked and then senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) gave UMass a 4-1 lead with a two-run triple into the right-centerfield gap. The Minutewomen made it a 6-1 game with a RBI single off the bat of Proctor.
UMass loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth. Kelley singled to start it and then pinch runner Maggie Feix (North Kingstown, R.I.) moved to third base when Denis doubled to the right-centerfield gap. After senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was hit, Proctor came up with the bases loaded and a chance to break the game wide open. Proctor lined out to Andrea Swanger at second base. Swanger then threw to third and caught Feix too far off the bag.
Puglia made it an 8-1 game in the fifth when she roped a two-run home run over the right-field fence. It was her seventh home run of the season. UMass then added the ninth run to enforce the mercy rule in the top of the sixth. Kelley led off with a ground-rule double to left field. She scored a couple of batters later when Proctor singled to left-center.
After the home run in the first, LaFogg cruised. She scattered five hits and did not walk a batter while fanning seven as she improved to 15-8 on the year. Morin's hit extended her hitting streak to a season-long 13 games. Denis was 3-for-4 with two RBI and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Puglia was also 2-for-4 with three RBI. Kelley, Proctor and Cullington also had two hits apiece in the game.
In game two, Morin singled with one out in the first inning to extend her hitting streak to 14 games. She scored on the next batter when Kelley roped a single to left. Lauren Krieger booted the ball and allowed Morin to score all the way from first giving the Minutewomen a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, junior Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) worked around a leadoff walk and eventually struck out the side.
Puglia gave the Minutewomen a 3-0 lead in the second inning when she hit a two-out, two-run home run to right-center field. It scored sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) who walked ahead of her. For Puglia, it was her eighth of the season tying Kelley for the team lead. In the top of the third, the Minutewomen loaded the bases with nobody out. Kelley, Denis and freshman Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.) all walked. Hurd entered the game for Sulick after she was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Proctor made it a 5-0 game with a single up the middle. Cullington then drew a walk and as ball four went the back stop, Hurd was able to score the sixth UMass run. That would be all the Minutewomen runs in the inning as a caught stealing and double play on a line drive ended the threat.
Busa held the Bonnies hitless through three and a third innings, but Ashley Bonnetto reached on a swinging bunt to break up the no-hitter. There was an error before that which put runners on first and second. Ann Nagro then singled up the middle driving in St. Bonaventure's first run of the game. Busa then got two line outs and got out the inning without any more damage.
In the top of the fifth, Kelley led off with a walk and moved to second on an error by Nagro behind the plate. Denis then drew a walk and Kelley advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two more wild pitches gave UMass a 7-1 lead. Kelley was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but Denis scored on a wild pitch one pitch later.
The game was then called after the end of the fifth inning due to rain. Busa allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks. She fanned six.
Massachusetts returns to action on Sunday, April 22, when it hosts North Carolina State for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 PM. This marks the first team UMass has hosted from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Live stats for both games will be available through Gametracker on www.umassathletics.com.
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