Softball Sweeps Doubleheader At Dayton
April 28, 2002
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Massachusetts softball team (43-10/ 18-0 A-10) clinched the Atlantic 10 regular season title with two wins today over the Dayton Flyers, 13-1 and 3-2. The conference crown marks the eighth straight for the Minutewomen and their 15th title the last 17 years. UMass also extended its school record win streak to 28 games to tie for 15th on the NCAA all-time chart for consecutive victories.
UMass cruised to a 13-1 mercy-rule victory in game one as it pounded 14 hits off of Dayton's Carla Chaney. The Minutewomen jumped out to a quick seven run lead after the first inning, capitalizing on five hits and a Flyer error. UMass added two more runs in the second frame and four in the third to preserve the win.
Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) led the Minutewomen with a 3-for-3 performance, including a two-run home run and five RBIs. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) and juniors Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) each had two hits in the win.
Senior Jen Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win for UMass, her 19th victory of the season (19-5), as she scattered four hits, while striking out five. Freshman Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) pitched an inning of relief for UMass, allowing no hits and striking out two.
In game two, the Minutewomen and the Flyers took a 2-2 tie into the 10th inning before junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) doubled home the game winner.
Dayton took its first lead of the three-game series in the second frame, as Shannon St. Clair hit a solo home run over the left field fence.
UMass answered in the third as junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) drove a RBI single up the middle to score sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) and knot the score at one apiece.
In the sixth, the Minutewomen gained the 2-1 edge on a single by Wheeler and double by Holtz.
The Flyers tied the score in the bottom half of the inning when Tiffany Ward hit a RBI triple to score Cassie Gross.
Dayton threatened in the ninth when with bases loaded and two outs Gross hit a ball off of Cross' glove at first base. Senior second baseman Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) picked up the ricochet and narrowly won the foot race to the bag to end the inning.
In the tenth, Bakken singled up the middle and Cross drove a double down the right field line to plate Bakken for the 3-2 lead and eventual victory.
Holtz (19-5) struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to give UMass the win. Dana Campbell takes the loss.
The Minutewomen will return to action Tuesday, April 30, with a single game against Boston College at 5:00 p.m., in Amherst.
Note: UMass' 28-game win streak ranks 15th all-time in the NCAA record book and ties the Minutewomen with DePaul (1998). Arizona tops the list with 47 straight victories set in 1996 and 1997.