Softball Defeats Fordham, 13-0, To Sweep Atlantic 10 Play For Second Consecutive Season
May 5, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts softball team shut out Fordham, 13-0, this afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex to complete the sweep of Atlantic 10 Conference opponents with a prefect 21-0 record. It marks the second straight season the Minutewomen have gone undefeated in conference play. The victory also extends the nation's longest win streak to 33 games, tying UMass for eighth all-time on the NCAA consecutive wins list with the 1992 UCLA team.
Massachusetts scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and ran away with the 13-0 victory. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) and junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) kicked off the rally with back-to-back singles up the middle. Rooney then scored on a wild pitch. Senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) followed with a two-run home run, her ninth of the season and 26th of her career, to put UMass on top, 3-0.
The Minutewomen scored five more runs in the second on a RBI ground out by Cross and a three-run home run by junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia). It was the first home run of the season for Holtz and the sixth of her career.
UMass added another run in the third frame with a RBI single by Rooney.
The Minutewomen closed out the scoring frenzy with four runs in the fourth inning on four hits. Freshman Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hit a RBI double to left field, scoring sophomore pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.), who had reached base on a double to the left field wall. Senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) then hit her second triple of the weekend to score Sulick and freshman Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.). Freshman Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) followed with a RBI single to short stop.
Senior Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win to improve to 21-5. Hadley held the Rams to just two hits and struck out five on the afternoon. The shutout marked the eighth of the season for Hadley and the 22nd for the Minutewomen this season
Massachusetts advances to the A-10 Championship Tournament, May 9-11, in Kingston, R.I., as the No. 1 seed. Joining UMass will be No. 2 Temple, No. 3 Saint Joseph's and No. 4 Rhode Island. The tournament champion will receive an automatic birth to the NCAA Regional Tournament at a campus site to be determined. Massachusetts has won eight consecutive A-10 Championships and has advanced to the regional tournament 11 times.
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