Softball Comes Back To Down BC, 3-2
May 6, 2004
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) hit a RBI double to left-center on the 10th pitch of her at bat to cap a three-run top of the sixth inning as the University of Massachusetts softball team (31-13) came back to defeat Boston College, 3-2, Thursday afternoon. The Minutewomen had trailed 2-0 heading into the inning.
BC scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third off junior pitcher Barb LaFogg (Williamsburg, Mass.). Kristin Allain led off the inning with a single to left and scored one batter later when Kimmy Hopkin hit a two-run home run to right. LaFogg got through the rest of the inning, but was pulled after that. She gave up four hits, two earned runs and a walk in three innings of work. She fanned one batter.
The Minutewomen threatened in the top of the fourth, but did not score. After there were two outs, junior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.), senior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) and freshman Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) all singled to load the bases. Junior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) then came up as a pinch hitter, but struck out.
In the top of the sixth, the UMass offense scored three runs with a little help from the Eagles. Sophomore Katie Jo Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) led off with a single and was lifted for senior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) as a pinch runner. Senior Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) then bunted trying to move Wilson to second. The BC catcher threw to second, but Wilson beat the throw. Sulick followed by bunting as well. This time the pitcher picked the ball up and threw to the second baseman covering first. She dropped the ball and it rolled into right field. Wilson scored and Cahalan went to third. After Sulick stole second, the next two batters struck out. Stefanoni was the next batter with the tying run on third. On an 0-2 pitch, Cahalan was able to score on a wild pitch. Stefanoni worked the count back to 2-2 and on the 10th pitch drove the ball into the left-center field gap. The BC center fielder dove but was unable to come up with it and UMass had a 3-2 lead as Sulick scored on the play.
The Eagles mounted a threat in the bottom of the sixth inning as Stefanoni made consecutive errors, but junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) induced a double play and a ground out to get out of the jam. Arnold then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to give UMass its seventh straight win. Arnold, who allowed three hits and no walks in four scoreless innings, is now 17-5 on the season. Morin had two hits this afternoon for the Minutewomen.
Massachusetts and Boston College will close out the regular season with a doubleheader Sunday at the UMass Softball Complex. First pitch in game one is slated for 12:00 p.m. The four UMass seniors will be honored in a ceremony between games.
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