Softball Upset By Rhode Island In First Round Of Atlantic 10 Tournament, 1-0
May 9, 2002
KINGSTON, R.I. - The No. 1 seed University of Massachusetts softball team was upset by the No. 4 seed Rhode Island, 1-0, this afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament. The loss snaps UMass' 33-game win streak and marks its first loss in the Atlantic 10 Tournament since 1994. It also puts an end to the Minutewomen's 49 straight A-10 victories, dating back to the 2000 season.
Rhode Island scored the only run of the day in the second inning on two hits and a Massachusetts error. Becky DeMyer led off the frame with a single to left field. Mel Gregory the popped out to catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) against the backstop and Cahalan fired the ball to second baseman Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) who tagged DeMyer out as she tried to advance on the play. With two outs, Kim Custance reached on a UMass error and was brought home on a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a single to right field by Crissy Tindall.
The Minutewomen could only muster three hits all afternoon, including two in the sixth inning for their biggest threat of the day. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) and junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.) laced back-to-back singles into left field and were nearly driven home when senior Scooter Wheeler (Kingsburg, Calif.) hit a towering fly ball to deep center field that Tindall caught against the fence. Massachusetts was unable to get a runner on base for the rest of the game.
Junior Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) took the hard loss, the first for the Minutewomen since March 19. Holtz scattered four Ram hits and two walks, while striking out five. URI's Gwen Rack earned the win as she allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out 10.
The loss knocks UMass into the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament. Massachusetts will play the loser of today's first round game between No. 2 seed Temple and No. 3 seed Saint Joseph's at 2:00 p.m., tomorrow.