Softball Sweeps St. Bonaventure 7-1 And 4-0
April 25, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (28-12, 9-1 A-10) swept a doubleheader from St. Bonaventure, 7-1 and 4-0, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen have now won 50 straight games at home.
The Bonnies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one when Tricia Hildebrand hit her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot off UMass senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia). UMass tied the game in the bottom of the second when junior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored on an error by the SBU catcher trying to throw out UMass senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) stealing second base. The Minutewomen took the lead for good in the fourth with a pair of runs. Senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) delivered the game-winning RBI with a single to right field, while senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) scored later in the inning on another throwing error by SBU catcher Amanda Davey.
Robustelli added to lead in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single and the Minutewomen used two home runs in the sixth to put three more runs across. Freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) belted a two-run home run to left-center, while Jasmine Edwards (Queens Village, N.Y.) hit a home run to center field in her first career at bat. She has had one other plate appearance earlier this year, but drew a walk. Holtz scattered four hits while walking two and striking out a career-high 13 batters.
UMass used four runs in the first three innings to take the nightcap, 4-0. Robustelli led off the first inning with a double and scored from second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.). The Minutewomen added a pair of runs in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Robustelli delivered an RBI triple into the right field corner scoring Franke, who led the inning off with a single. Puglia then followed with an RBI single of her own to right field. UMass added another insurance run in the third courtesy of a Franke RBI single.
UMass sophomore pitcher Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) cruised through 6.2 innings, but for the second straight game she could not record the final out. The Bonnies loaded the bases with two outs and Arnold was lifted for Holtz. Game one's winner needed just four pitchers to strike out Laurie Stone and record her first career save.
Arnold gave up five hits and three walks in 6.2 innings while fanning eight.
Massachusetts will return to action on Wednesday, April 30, with a 1:00 p.m. game at Boston College.