Softball Sweeps Central Connecticut
May 3, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team (31-13, 9-1 A-10) swept a doubleheader from Central Connecticut this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex, 4-3 and 7-2. The Minutewomen have now won 53 consecutive games at home.
Central Connecticut struck first in game one with a pair of runs off UMass senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) in the first inning. With runners at second and third, Suzie Prue hit a shot up the middle which was stopped by sophomore second baseman Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.), but Prue was able to beat it out for a single. Both runners scored.
UMass responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) and sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) both singled and scored on wild pitches by CCSU hurler Danielle Cyr. UMass then added another run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Pinch runner Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) came around to score on an error. She was running for Holtz who had led off the inning with a walk.
The Blue Devils tied the game in the top of fifth with an unearned run, but UMass scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Perey led off with a single and was sacrificed over to second base by senior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.). She scored later in the inning on a single by Holtz.
Holtz improved to 17-7 with the complete game victory. She gave up seven hits and three runs, two of which were earned. She walked two and struck out eight.
In game two, UMass scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back en route to a 7-2 win. Freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) led off the inning with a home run. The next three batters reached via singles. Sophomore Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) scored the game's second run on a wild pitch, while Franke came around to score on a bunt by Perey. Robustelli drove in junior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) with a double off the center field fence to put UMass up 4-0.
Kelley gave the Minutewomen a 5-0 lead in the third with a home run to left field. It was her second of the game and sixth of the season. UMass added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by senior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.).
The Blue Devils scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to get on the board. UMass added its seventh run of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Holtz.
Sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) pitched the first five innings. She gave up two hits and two runs, both unearned. She walked one and struck out five. Freshman Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) worked the last two innings. She gave up a hit and struck out one batter.
This is the 13th straight season that the Minutewomen have won 30-plus games.
Massachusetts will host George Washington tomorrow in the regular season finale at 12:00 p.m. The five UMass seniors will be honored between games.