Softball Falls To Southern Illinois, 5-2
May 15, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Sixth-seeded Southern Illinois University scored four runs in the top of the third inning en route to a 5-2 win over the third-seeded University of Massachusetts this afternoon in game three of the NCAA Softball Regional Tournament at the University of Alabama. The Minutewomen will face the loser of the Stanford/UT-Chattanooga game in an elimination contest tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
Southern Illinois scored first with a run in the top of the second inning. Haley Viefhaus hit a two-out double to the left-center field gap and scored on a single up the middle by Maria Damico.
The Minutewomen responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at one. Senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) led off with a single. Pinch runner KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.) moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.). Budrewicz then moved to third base on a passed ball and scored one batter later when junior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) singled up the middle. Sophomore Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.), who reached base after a passed ball on a strikeout, was thrown out at the plate on the play.
In the top of the third inning, the Salukis touched up Holtz for four runs, two of which were unearned. The first five players in the inning reached base and four of them came around to score. The big blow in the inning was a two-run double off the left field fence knocking Holtz out of the game. Sophomore Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) relieved Holtz and recorded the final three outs of the inning. Holtz gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks in two-plus innings.
After having the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning and not scoring, Massachusetts got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Holtz delivered a two-out single scoring senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.), who had led off the inning with a single. Kelley, representing the tying run, struck out ending the threat.
Arnold gave up three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings of work. Amy Harre worked the first 3.1 innings for the Salukis, but exited when Massachusetts loaded the bases in the fourth. She gave up one run and four hits while fanning four. Renee Meuller earned the win, giving up one run and two hits in 3.2 innings.
UMass will face the loser of this evening's Stanford/UT-Chattanooga contest in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, while Southern Illinois faces the winner at 2:30 p.m. If the Minutewomen advance, they would play the loser of tomorrow's Illinois/Alabama game at 7:30 p.m.