Softball Tops Boston University, 3-2
May 1, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (29-13, 9-1 A-10) used a sacrifice fly by senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge by Boston University, 3-2, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen have now won 51 consecutive games at home.
Senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) led off the seventh inning with a double, her second of the game, and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.), her second of the game. Cross then hit a 1-0 pitch to mid-range right field to drive in Robustelli with the winning run.
The Terriers threatened to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but the Minutewomen turned a 1-2-3 double-play to get out of the jam. With the bases loaded and one out, Liz Alley hit a come-backer to UMass senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia). Holtz threw home to get the force out and then junior catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) fired a strike to Cross at first to nip Alley.
UMass took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cross delivered a one-out RBI single. It scored Robustelli who had led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Puglia. Boston University tied the game in the top of the fourth on a home run by Julie Henneke, but UMass freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit a long four-bagger over the left-center field fence to give the Minutewomen a 2-1 edge. It was her fourth home run of the season.
The Terriers scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at two.
Holtz improved to 16-7 on the season with the complete game victory. She gave up one earned run on seven hits and no walks, while fanning eight.
Massachusetts will host Central Connecticut tomorrow in a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.