Feb. 16, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. – The UConn softball team split the opening day of the 2013 campaign at Florida International’s Felsberg Memorial Invitational where they defeated Morehead State, 6-4, before falling to the hosting Panthers, 3-2. The Huskies (1-1) were able to get four innings in the scorebook against Binghamton on Friday before rain postponed the contest until Sunday morning.
Connecticut registered 12 hits on the day with junior outfielder Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) leading the squad with four hits and one scored run as she had two hits in each game and reached home in the Huskies’ victory. Making her collegiate debut, freshman Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) went 2-for-7 at the plate and scored twice, once in each contest.
Freshman hurler Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) started her first game donning the UConn uniform and earned her first collegiate win after throwing eight innings, allowing four runs and striking out six Morehead batters. Morehead State pitcher Greta Smeins (0-1) was handed the loss.
In an extra-inning contest against Morehead State, the Huskies committed no errors and registered seven hits to earn their first win of the season.
With Morehead ahead 1-0, the Huskies responded with a four-run third inning where junior Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.), senior Marissa Guches (Sammamish, Wash.) and Gifford each recorded a hit, while Huelsenbeck and Guches each scored.
The Eagles evened the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning following a sacrifice bunt and single up the middle before the Huskies would claim the win in the eighth inning on two unearned runs.
Connecticut’s second match of the day was another close one but the Huskies were unable to pull out the win as they fell to FIU by a score of 3-2 with the Panthers outhitting the Huskies 6-5. Each squad featured two hurlers in the circle as junior Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) was named the losing pitcher after throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and striking out three. Senior Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) faced one batter to end the game.
Schiappa gave UConn the early lead on a RBI single knocking in freshman Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. The Huskies moved their lead to 2-0 in the third on a Guches double where Huelsenbeck crossed home plate.
The Panthers would seal their victory in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs on two hits and a Husky error to set the final score at 3-2.
The Huskies will resume their game against Binghamton on Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by a new game at 11 a.m.
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