Softball Tops Dayton, 7-0
April 27, 2002
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Massachusetts softball team (41-10/ 16-0 Atlantic 10) extended its school record win streak to 26 games this afternoon with a 7-0 defeat of the Dayton Flyers (15-22/ 10-6 A-10).
UMass got on the board in the fifth inning, utilizing five hits to score four runs. Two bunt singles and a stolen base placed runners on the corners and a fielder's choice by junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) scored junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) to put the Minutewomen up 1-0. After a single by senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.), junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) doubled to center field, scoring both Robustelli and Rooney. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) then blasted a double to left field, scoring Cross to give the Maroon & White the 4-0 edge.
The Minutewomen extended their lead in the sixth frame, scoring two more runs on three hits. Perey singled to short stop, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a bunt single by senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.). Robustelli then doubled down the left field line, scoring both Perey and Bakken.
Junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) earned her 18th win of the season (18-5) and her 11th shutout as she scattered three hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Dayton's Dana Campbell dropped to 12-10 on the season as she allowed 12 hits and one walk, while striking out one.
UMass and Dayton will play a doubleheader tomorrow, April 28, to round out the three-game series.
Note: UMass' 26-game win streak ranks 17th all-time in the NCAA record book. The 2002 Minutewomen are currently tied with Arizona (1997) and Virginia Tech (1999). Arizona tops the list with 47 straight victories set in 1996 and 1997.