Feb. 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.-UConn softball fell 9-7 to Tennessee Tech on Sunday morning following a rain delay on Saturday that forced the Huskies to push their 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the third inning to the next morning. Connecticut moves to 1-2 on the season after competing in the Georgia Classic where two of its game were cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Huskies trailed 1-0 after the first inning but quickly pulled ahead 3-1 on a three-run homer by senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) in the top of the third inning. It marked Vaughan’s second homerun in as many days as she led the Huskies in opening weekend with six hits and six RBI.
Junior right hander Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) was handed her first loss of the season as the Golden Eagles registered 15 hits and eight earned runs to move Saveriano to 1-1 on the year. Four of Tennessee Tech’s runs came in the bottom of the third on four hits to allow the Golden Eagles to pull ahead 5-3.
The two squads exchanged three run innings in the fourth and fifth with the Huskies behind 8-7 going into the sixth inning.
Junior Marissa Guches (Sammamish, Wash.) hit a double to left field and advanced to third on a Vaughan single before scoring on wild pitch in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.), pinch running for Vaughan, reached home due to a RBI single by junior second baseman Brittany Duclos (Mystic, Conn.). Duclos added the final run of the fourth inning following two Golden Eagle errors.
Despite Vaughan adding another RBI single in the fifth inning, the Huskies could not match the Golden Eagles offense. Vaughan finished the game with three hits and four RBI, while four other Huskies notched a hit.
Tennessee Tech improved to 4-5 with freshman Erica Tuck (1-1) earning the victory.