Softball Comes Back To Beat BU, 4-3; Minutewomen Will Host BC Wednesday At 5:00
May 3, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) had a pinch-hit, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Massachusetts (29-14-1) a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Boston University (23-17-1) Tuesday evening at the UMass Softball Complex. The Minutewomen won despite committing season-high six errors. UMass scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to snap the Terriers' 13-game winning streak.
Junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) got into trouble in the top of the second. Two walks and an error gave the Terriers the bases loaded with nobody out. Busa recorded the first out on a botched squeeze play. Liz Alley broke home, but Christy King was unable to get the bat on the ball. UMass junior catcher KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) ran up the third-base line and tagged out Alley. On the next pitch, Busa got King to pop-up to third base for the second out of the inning. Busa then got Tyler Benson to ground out to shortstop, but senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) was unable to make the play and a run scored giving BU a 1-0 lead. Busa was able to get out the inning without any more runs scoring.
In the bottom of the second inning, UMass got two runners on base but were unable to score. It was the second straight inning the Minutewomen were unable to score with two on. In the third, UMass put its first two runners on base. Sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) singled to left and then Kelley drew a walk. She was pinch run for by freshman Angela Conforti (West Boylston, Mass.). Senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) then flied out to right, but Morin advanced to third. After Conforti stole second base, UMass put the squeeze on with freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) at the plate. Cullington, however, did not get the bat on the ball and Morin was out caught in the pickle. Cullington was able to work a walk to extend the inning. After freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) walked, sophomore pinch hitter Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) came up with the bases loaded. She drew a walk and UMass was able to tie the game. On the next pitch, Busa flied out for the third out of the inning.
BU took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a RBI double by Amanda Campbell down the right-field line with two outs. The Terriers then added another run in the sixth when Liz Alley had a two-out RBI double.
The Minutewomen got one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Busa led off with a home run to left-center field. It was her first career home run.
BU loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Busa was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run. That turned out to be a big squander as UMass came back to plate two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kelley led off the bottom of the inning with a double to center. She then moved up a base when Denis singled through the right side. Cullington walked next to load the bases with nobody out.
Proctor came up and hit a ground ball to Jamie Haas at shortstop. Haas threw home trying to get Kelley, the lead runner. BU catcher Jenny Shields dropped the ball and Kelley was safe. Sulick came up next as a pinch hitter and singled to left. Denis scored the winning run and UMass escaped with a win.
Busa battled through six errors behind her and improved to 12-5 on the season. She was forced to throw a season-high 148 pitches. She walked five and struck out six. BU used three pitches in the game. Jenna Grapensteter took the loss. She worked the final inning-plus. Grapensteter gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. She did not strike out a batter. UMass left 12 runners on base, while BU stranded 15.
Massachusetts will host Boston College for a single game tomorrow at 5:00 pm. The game will be broadcast live online. Derek Volner will handle the play-by-play duties beginning at 4:45 p.m. Live stats will also be provided via Gametracker. Both links can be found at www.umassathletics.com.