Softball Sweeps Quinnipiac Behind No-Hitters By Barb LaFogg And Jenna Busa
May 8, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Barb LaFogg, who was celebrating her birthday, and Jenna Busa each threw a five-inning no-hitter as Massachusetts (34-14-1) closed out the regular season with a pair of 8-0 wins over Quinnipiac (19-27-1) Sunday afternoon at the UMass Softball Complex. This marks the first time in school history that UMass has recorded three straight no-hitters. In game one, an error was the only base runner allowed by LaFogg. In game two, Busa walked three.
In game one, the Minutewomen took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) and freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) both walked. Senior Pam Sulick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) then gave UMass the lead with a RBI single down the left-field line. Denis scored from second on the play.
UMass then added to its lead in the bottom of the third. Senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) doubled to left-center field and scored on a single up the middle by sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.). UMass took its 2-0 lead into the top of the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, Quinnipiac got its first base runner of the game when Sammi Allendorfer reached on an error.
UMass then added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Proctor led off with a walk and then scored on a double by Sulick. After a walk by senior Jasmine Edwards (Queens Village, N.Y.), sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) drove in the fourth run with a sharp single to left-center field. UMass then executed a double steal with pinch runner Sarah Hurd (Warwick, R.I.) taking third and Molinari going to second. With Puglia at the plate, the Minutewomen tried a squeeze play. Puglia got the bunt down, but Quinnipiac catcher Brianna Sloane was able to field the ball and tag out Hurd sliding home. With runners at first and third, UMass got its fifth run of the game via the double steal. Puglia raced for second and when the throw by Sloane went through, Molinari easily stole home. Later in the inning, Denis broke the game open with a two-run double to left giving Massachusetts a 7-0 lead. After freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) reached on an error, the eighth UMass run scored on a double-steal.
LaFogg (20-9) went back out for the fifth needing just three outs for her 20th win of the season and a no-hitter. She retired the side in order for her first career no-no. She did not walk a batter and struck out seven. It was the second no-hitter in a row for the Minutewomen and also happened to come on LaFogg's birthday.
In game two, the UMass offense picked right up where it left off in the first inning. Morin worked a one-out walk and scored two batters later on a single by Denis. Denis surprised Quinnipiac with a bunt. She beat the throw by pitcher Jessica Skaare which went into the UMass dugout. Because of the error, Morin was allowed to score and Denis was awarded third base.
UMass then came back to score four runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Proctor led off with a walk and then junior Kristi Stefanoni (Columbus, N.J.) was hit by a pitch. Molinari followed with a single to plate Proctor and give UMass a 2-0 lead. Another error by the Bobcats on the play allowed Stefanoni to score and Molinari to move all the way to third base. She scored one batter later as Puglia roped a two-run home run to left-center field through the wind. It was her 10th home run of the season and gave UMass a 5-0 advantage. Two more walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs, but Proctor struck out to end the threat.
In the fourth, a walk and a sacrifice gave Quinnipiac a runner at second with two outs. It marked the first time all afternoon that Quinnipiac had a runner past first base. Another walk gave the Bobcats two on with two outs. Busa got a grounder to get out of the jam and keep her no-hitter intact.
It remained 5-0 until the UMass half of the fifth. Proctor worked a one-out walk and then Busa singled to put two on. Stefanoni made it a 6-0 game with a double down the left-field line. Junior Amanda Acampora (Orange, Conn.) then came up as a pinch hitter with runners on second and third. She ended the game with a two-run double off the right-field wall.
Busa earned a no-hitter in her second straight start and third time in her career. She no-hit Rhode Island in game two of a doubleheader on Friday. Busa walked three and struck out six.
Massachusetts will now head to the Bronx, N.Y. to compete in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, May 12-14. The Minutewomen are looking for their league-high 17th tournament title. UMass, the second seed, will take on Saint Joseph's in the first round Thursday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of Fordham University. The Hawks are the third seed. In the first game at Noon, top-seeded Fordham will face fourth-seeded St. Bonaventure. The tournament is double-elimination and the winner will earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.