Softball Downs UConn, 6-2
April 23, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (26-12, 7-1 A-10) overcame a 2-0 third inning-deficit to down the University of Connecticut (18-19-1), 6-2, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen have now won 48 straight home games.
The Huskies scored two runs, one of which was unearned, off of UMass senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. It marked the first time that the Minutewomen had trailed at home this season. In the bottom of the inning, UMass loaded the bases with two outs, but Holtz struck out swinging to end the threat. The Minutewomen did, however, get one of the runs back when pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch.
The Minutewomen then took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs. A double by junior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) scored pinch runner Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) to tie the game, while senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) delivered a two-RBI single to right giving UMass a 4-2 lead. Both Cahalan and senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.), who had singled earlier, scored on the play.
UMass added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away. With two outs, sophomore Denis Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) hit a two-RBI double to center field putting Massachusetts up 6-2. It scored sophomore Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.), who had walked, and senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.), who reached first base on a wild pitch after striking out.
Holtz settled down after the third inning to improve her record to 14-7 on the year. She gave up five hits and two walks, while fanning eight. Hitting from the No. 9 spot, Perey was a perfect 3-3 on the day, while Robustelli went 2-4 at the leadoff position. UConn pitchers Michelle Caoutte and Claire Hesson combined to walk five batters and throw three wild pitches.
Massachusetts will host St. Bonaventure in A-10 Conference action on Friday, April 25. The doubleheader at the UMass Softball Complex is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.