UMass Advances To Regional Finals After `Perfect' 8-0 Win Over SHU
May 16, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Brandice Balschmiter tossed her third career perfect game and Whitney Mollica went 3-for-4 with two RBI's to tie the UMass career RBI record as the Minutewomen softball team defeated Sacred Heart, 8-0 in five innings, on Saturday evening at the UMass Softball Complex. With the win, the Minutewomen advance to Sunday's Regional Finals to face #3 overall seed Washington. The first game is slated for 5 p.m. If the Minutewomen win game one, they would force a winner-take-all decisive game at 7:30 p.m. with the victor advancing to the Super Regionals.
Mollica had two singles, a double and two RBI's to lead the UMass offense. The two RBI's give her 153 for her career to pull even with KJ Kelley on the UMass all-time list. Carly Normandin also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI's. Balschmiter finished with six strikeouts while tossing only 51 pitches in her program record-breaking 33rd win of the season.
Two straight walks to lead off the top of the second inning set the stage for three UMass runs and a quick 3-0 advantage. Kyllie Magill's double down the left field line scored Samantha Salato to begin the scoring. Jessica Serio then hit a bouncer to shortstop, but pinch runner Jordan Storro beat the throw to the plate to make it 2-0. Normandin rounded out the inning's scoring with a line drive up the middle to plate Magill.
The Minutewomen added two insurance runs in the fourth to make it 5-0. Normandin started the rally with a two-out double to right-center field. After a Whitney Williams walk, Mollica swatted a double to right field, scoring Normandin. Sarah Reeves followed with an infield single to score Williams for UMass' fifth run.
UMass staged another two out rally in the fifth beginning with a two run double to left-center field by Normandin, scoring Serio and Davina Hernandez in front of her to make it 7-0. Mollica's career-tying RBI came later in the inning, as her bloop single down the right field line scored Normandin.