Softball Defeats Saint Joseph's And Temple To Advance To The A-10 Tournament Finals.
May 10, 2002
KINGSTON, R.I. - The No. 1 seed University of Massachusetts softball team, who was upset in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament yesterday by No. 4 Rhode Island, powered its way through the loser's bracket this afternoon. The Minutewomen defeated No. 3 Saint Joseph's , 4-0 and No. 2 Temple, 3-0, to advance to the championship final tomorrow at noon against Rhode Island.
In game one against Saint Joseph's, UMass used the long ball to top the Hawks, 4-0.
The Minutewomen took the early 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out solo home run by junior Brandi Cross (Diamond Bar, Calif.), her fourth of the season.
Massachusetts added another run in the second on a leadoff dinger by sophomore Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) over the right field fence for her fourth of the season.
UMass scored another run in the third on two hits. Senior Teri Rooney (Visalia, Calif.) kicked off the inning with a double to right-center and scored on a RBI single by Cross up the middle.
The Minutewomen continued to pepper the scoreboard in the fourth when junior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) hit a leadoff triple to the right field corner and scored on a Hawk throwing error to third.
Sophomore Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) went 3-for-3 in the victory.
Senior ace Jennifer Hadley (Bristol, Conn.) earned the win, improving to 23-5 overall, as she limited the Hawks to two hits, while striking out one.
In game two against Temple, UMass shut out the Owls, 3-0 to stay alive in the A-10 Tournament.
Massachusetts got on the board in the bottom of the second inning on three hits and an Owl error. Cahalan started the rally when she laced a ball into right center. Perey and Franke followed with infield singles to load the bases. Senior Ashley Bakken (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit into a fielder's choice but Temple's catcher dropped the throw from the pitcher, allowing Cahalan to score.
UMass added an insurance run in the fourth when junior Emily Robustelli (Stamford, Conn.) tripled home Franke who had reached base on a Owl error.
In the sixth frame, Massachusetts plated another run on a two-out first-and-third double steal that scored Franke.
Junior hurler Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded the victory to improve to 22-6 overall as she scattered two hits, while fanning three.
The Minutewomen advance to the A-10 Tournament finals, tomorrow at noon against Rhode Island. Massachusetts will need to defeat the Rams twice for the tournament crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA regionals, May 16-19.