Softball Swept By NC State, 6-4 And 6-0
April 24, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts (24-14-1, 9-3 A-10) committed six errors as it was swept by North Carolina State (38-22, 5-6 ACC), 6-4 and 6-0, Sunday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. UMass managed just five hits on the afternoon. KJ Kelley had two of them including her team-high ninth home run of the season in game one. Amanda Morin also had a home run in game one, but saw her career-high 15-game hitting streak come to an end in the second game. UMass left 13 runners on base on the day.
An error and two hit batsman by senior Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) gave North Carolina State the bases loaded with nobody out in the first inning of game one. LaFogg then got a strike out and a ground-ball double-play to get out of the jam. Abbie Sims hit a grounder to sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) at first base. Morin threw home to get the force out. Junior catcher KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) then threw back to Morin nabbing Sims by a step.
Three walks in the bottom of the first inning gave UMass the bases loaded and one out for senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Sulick gave the Minutewomen a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to center field. Freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) grounded out to end the inning. The Wolfpack came back to score four unearned runs on four hits in the top of the second inning. The big blow was a two-out, three-run double by Miranda Ervin.
UMass got one of the runs back in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) walked and then junior Lesley Ferrara (Stamford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to put two on with nobody out. After a ground out and wild pitch, senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) came up with two runners in scoring position. Puglia hit a shot in the hole between second base and first base, but NC State second baseman Tess Corona made a diving stop in the hole. She threw out Puglia, but Ferrara scored the second UMass run. Morin was then retired when she hit a fly ball to left-center field.
In the third inning, Kelley led off with a walk and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) followed by walking to put two runners on base for Sulick. Sulick and Proctor both struck out, but Cullington drew a walk to load the bases for Ferrara. Ferrara struck out and UMass left three more runners on base.
NC State scored another unearned run in the fourth to make it a 5-2 game. Kelley got the Minutewomen's first hit of the game when she led off the fifth inning with a home run over the left-center field fence. It was her team-high ninth home run off the season and brought UMass within a pair of runs at 5-3.
Miranda Ervin led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to give NC State a 6-3 lead. The Wolfpack had the bases loaded with one out and a chance to break the game wide open, but LaFogg got a pair of pop-ups on the infield to get out of the jam without any more runs scoring.
In the bottom of the seventh, Morin brought UMass a little closer with a one out home run to right field. For Morin, it was her fourth home run of the season and also extended her hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. Kelley then came up and drilled a pitch off the left-center field fence for a double. After Denis grounded out to second, Sulick drew a walk to put the tying runs on base with two outs and Proctor coming up. Proctor struck out and UMass lost game one 6-4.
LaFogg was the tough luck loser. She gave up six runs, but only one was earned. LaFogg scattered nine hits and walked one while fanning eight. NC State pitcher Abbie Sims gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits and a career-high nine walks. She did strike out 10 UMass batters.
UMass committed four errors in the game and stranded eight runners on base. NC State left nine runners on base in the game.
In game two, Denis led off the second inning with a double into the left-center field gap. After Sulick struck out, Proctor grounded out. Junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) made her first at bat since 2003. She hit a line drive heading for up the middle. NC State shortstop Shana Smith made a diving stab and UMass stranded Denis at third base.
In the bottom of the third, consecutive walks to Puglia and Morin put two on with two outs for Kelley. Kelley took a called third strike and UMass left two more runners on base.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth. Two consecutive errors by Morin at first base opened the door for four NC State runs. The big blow was a three-run home run by the pitcher, Shana Ervin. UMass shortstop Hilary Puglia left the game in the inning when she injured herself diving for a ball in the hole.
NC State added another run in the fifth when Jen Chamberlin hit a RBI double to right-center. The Wolfpack added to its lead in the top of the sixth when Renee LaCroix hit a solo home run to right-center off Busa.
Kelley worked a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth to break up Ervin's streak of nine consecutive batters retired. Denis then singled to put two runners on, but Sulick struck out to end the threat.
Four of the six runs allowed by Busa were earned. She gave up 10 hits and did not walk a batter while fanning four. Morin was 0-2 with a walk in the second game to snap her 15-game hitting streak.
Massachusetts continues its nine-game homestand Tuesday, April 26, when it hosts Harvard for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 PM. Live stats will be available for both games via Gametracker on www.umassathletics.com.
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