Softball Downs St. Joe's, 10-1 In A-10 Tournament; Will face Fordham Friday At 12:00
May 12, 2005
BRONX, N.Y. -- Second-seeded Massachusetts (35-14-1) pounded out 10 hits en route to a five-inning 10-1 win over Saint Joseph's (21-22) Thursday afternoon in a first-round game at the Atlantic 10 Tournament held at Fordham's Bahoshy Field. The Minutewomen will now face top-seeded and host-school Fordham tomorrow in the winner's bracket at 12:00 PM. The 10 runs scored tied a school record for the most runs in a tournament game. UMass has now done this three times, most recently in a 10-1 win over Temple in the 2000 season.
The Hawks scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but UMass took control of the game by putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Amanda Morin (Worcester, Mass.) got the offense going with a one-out double. She scored on the next pitch when junior KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit her team-high 13th home run of the season. The home run also tied her for tops in the conference. On the very next pitch, senior Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch. Denis scored one batter later when freshman Stacy Cullington (Encinitas, Calif.) doubled. After freshman Lauren Proctor (Redmond, Wash.) walked, UMass scored its fourth run of the inning on a double-steal.
Junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) got into another jam in the top of the second inning. For the second straight inning, the Hawks had two runners on base. Busa was able to get out of the jam, however, with a double-play. Megan Richardson hit a line drive to senior Hilary Puglia (Stoneham, Mass.) at shortstop. Puglia then threw to Morin at first base and was able to double the runner off.
In the bottom of the second, UMass scored two more runs to make it a 6-1 game. Sophomore Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) led off with a single and was then sacrificed to second by Puglia. Molinari scored on the second double of the day by Morin. For Morin, it was a ground-rule double that just missed being a home run. Morin then scored two batters later on a RBI single by Denis.
The score remained the same until a four-run, fourth inning gave UMass a 10-1 lead. The highlight of the inning was a three-run home run by Denis. Puglia also drove in a run with a single up the middle.
Busa retired seven of the final eight batters for the win as she improved to 15-5 on the season. Busa gave up one unearned run on five hits. She walked two and struck out five.
For Saint Joseph's, Lauren Cognigni went the distance and gave up 10 earned runs on 10 hits and a walk. She fanned two batters.
Morin, Kelley, Denis and Molinari each recorded two hits for the Minutewomen.
Massachusetts continues play in the 2005 A-10 Tournament tomorrow at 12:00 PM. The Minutewomen will face top-seeded and host-school Fordham. All games will be broadcast online at www.umassathletics.com. Bob Behler and Seth Gerard will have the call beginning 15 minutes before first pitch.