Softball Ties School Record With 45th Win As It Sweeps Season Series Against UConn
May 3, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team defeated the University of Connecticut, 1-0, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex for its third shutout of the Huskies this season. The victory improves UMass' record to 45-10 and ties the all-time school record for wins in a season. The mark was originally set during the 1998 season when the Minutewomen advanced to the NCAA Women's College World Series. The victory also boosts Massachusetts' win streak to 30 games, which ranks 14th all-time on the NCAA all-time consecutive victories chart.
The Minutewomen scored the only run of the game in the third inning on two hits. Sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) and senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) led off the frame with back-to-back infield singles. Junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) moved the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) followed with a grounded out to second base, scoring Franke from third to take the 1-0 lead.
The Minutewomen loaded the bases in the sixth inning but were unable to score. They stranded eight runners on the day.
Senior Jen Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win to improve to 20-5. She allowed two hits and walked none, while striking out a season-high 12 batters. UConn's Barb Cook (8-19) takes the loss, giving up seven hits and striking out five.
Massachusetts returns to action this weekend as it hosts Fordham for a three-game Atlantic 10 series. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at noon. Sunday's regular season finale at noon will mark the final home game for UMass seniors Bakken, Hadley, Rooney and Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.).
NOTES: Hadley joins junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) with a 20-5 record on the mound. It marks the first time in school history that two pitchers have recorded 20 wins in the same season.