Softball Downs Georgia Tech, 2-0
May 17, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior pitcher Kaila Holtz (North Vancouver, British Columbia) threw her 10th shutout of the season as the University of Massachusetts softball team (39-14) kept its season alive with a 2-0 win over Georgia Tech (38-25) this afternoon in the NCAA Regional Tournament at the University of Alabama. The Minutewomen will play the loser of this afternoon's game between Alabama and Southern Illinois tonight.
UMass went up 1-0 in the top of the second when freshman KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit a one-out home run over the left field fence. It snapped a string of 15.1 hitless innings by Georgia Tech pitcher Jessica Sallinger. She threw a nine-inning no-hitter to eliminate Stanford last night.
In the top of the fifth inning, the UMass offense gave Holtz an insurance run without the benefit of a hit. Kelley led off with a walk and was run for by junior KC Budrewicz (Buckland, Mass.). Sophomore Denise Denis (Middle Grove, N.Y.) then laid down a bunt moving Budrewicz to second base. The first baseman threw the ball wild and Denis reached first safely. After Sallinger got the next two Minutewomen out, senior Anna Perey (Chino Valley, Ariz.) reached safely on an error by the Georgia Tech shortstop. Budrewicz scored to put UMass up 2-0.
Georgia Tech had its best chance to score in the bottom of the sixth inning. A leadoff single and a two-out single put runners at first and second with two outs, but Holtz was able to get out of the jam.
Holtz surrendered three hits and no walks en route to her 10th shutout of the season. She fanned nine batters and threw just 81 pitches.
Massachusetts will face the loser of the Alabama/Southern Illinois game tonight. The game was supposed to have started at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, but has not started yet due to a tornado warning in the area. Check back for updates on www.umassathletics.com as they become available. The winner of tonight's contest will advance into tomorrow's championship round.
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