Softball Sweeps Quinnipiac 5-0 And 3-0
May 2, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.) threw a one-hit shutout and sophomore Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) tossed a three-hit shutout as the University of Massachusetts softball team (30-13, 11-1 A-10) swept Quinnipiac (21-24) this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen extended the nation's longest winning streak to 71 games.
In game one, UMass broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning without the benefit of a hiy. Junior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) led off with a walk and then freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) reached on an error trying to sacrifice Puglia to second. Puglia never stopped running when the third baseman threw the ball down the right field line and was able to score. A stolen base and a wild pitch moved Molinari to third and after a walk to sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.), senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) made it a 2-0 game with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, UMass added another run and finally broke into the hit column. Sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) led off the inning with a single to left. After an infield single by senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.), Puglia moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Stefanoni scored one batter later when junior pinch hitter Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) hit a RBI single to left.
UMass added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) drew a two-out walk to get the rally going. After she stole second, freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) singled to center. The ball went through the centerfielder's legs and rolled all the way to the wall. Morin was able to round the bases and make it a 5-0 game.
Busa cruised on the mound en route to her team-high seventh shutout of the season. She scattered three hits while striking out a career-high nine batters. She is now 13-7 on the season.
In game two, LaFogg was near perfect. She took a perfect game into the fifth inning, but gave up a one-out walk to Brandi Simon. LaFogg then lost the no-hitter on the next pitch as pitcher Melissa Reynolds was able to leg out a bunt. LaFogg would later give up a two-out walk in the seventh inning, but notched her first win in a UMass uniform. She struck out a career-high 10 batters and lowered her ERA almost three runs to 3.23.
UMass scored all three of its runs in the first two innings. Puglia was hit to lead off the game. After stealing second, Molinari drew a walk to put two on with no outs. Two batters later, Puglia and Molinari successfully pulled off a double steal. Cahalan then drove them both home with a two-RBI single to center. The Minutewomen then added another run in the bottom of the second. Budrewicz led off the inning with a walk and later scored on an error.
Stefanoni had four of the Minutewomen's 11 hits on the day, including a double. Freshman Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) hit her first career double, while Cahalan had three RBI. UMass was 10-11 in stolen base attempts on the day.
The Minutewomen will play three games against Boston College this week. The two teams will play a single game in Chestnut Hill on Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and then a doubleheader on Sunday at the UMass Softball Complex. First pitch on senior day is set for 12:00 p.m. The four Massachusetts seniors will be honored in a ceremony between games.