Softball Falls To BC, 2-0
April 30, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (28-13, 9-1 A-10) fell to Boston College, 2-0, this afternoon at Shea Field. The Minutewomen struck out 11 times.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Erin Mackey singled home Jennifer Ashbury with two outs. Ashbury had doubled to lead off the inning and was still standing on second base with two outs.
Massachusetts had its best chance to score in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) walked to lead off the frame and was pinch ran for by KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.). Sophomore Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) bunted Budrewicz to second putting the tying run in scoring position. An infield single by junior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a walk by junior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) loaded the bases with one out. The Eagles were able to get out of the jam when new pitcher Tekae Malandris struck out seniors Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.).
Boston College added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Michelle Daly hit a one-out solo home run.
In the seventh inning, the Minutewomen tried to mount a come-back, but an awkward double-play ended the threat. Denis got things going by working a one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Franke. Cahalan hit a pop-up in the middle of the infield which was called an infield fly rule by the home plate umpire. Both BC middle infielders did not hear the umpires call and dove for the ball as it fell in. The shortstop then picked up the ball and fired to third to nab Denis and end the game. Cahalan was called out even though her pop-up was not caught.
Sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) took the loss for the Minutewomen. She gave up two earned runs and seven hits, while striking out four. Franke had three of the four UMass hits as part of her 3-3 day. Robustelli had the other hit, a single off the center field fence in the top of the fourth.
Kim Ryan started for the Eagles and worked 4.1 inning en route to picking up the win. She allowed three hits and struck out five. Malandris worked 2.2 innings and struck out six, the first six batters she faced.
UMass returns to action tomorrow as it hosts Boston University at 5:00 p.m.
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