LAFAYETTE, La. (February 22, 2009) - In a rematch of Saturday night’s meeting between the University of Connecticut softball team and Kentucky, the Wildcats (5-4) sought revenge and came out on top using two, two-run innings to do so. The Huskies (1-3) attempted a comeback in the top of the sixth inning but fell short dropping their third decision of the 2009 season.
The Huskies started the game off with a blast when leadoff hitter sophomore Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) slapped a homerun over the left field wall to give UConn an early 1-0 lead. But Kentucky was able to get their first two runners who came up to bat across the plate to take away the UConn lead and gain one of their own. They added to their lead in the third inning getting another two runs across the plate one via a wild pitch by senior Rachael Crossin (Fairless Hills, Pa.) to extend their lead to 4-1.
UConn cut into that three-run lead in the top of the sixth inning. Towers started things off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a fielding error. She advanced to third on senior Jillian Ortega’s (Aberdeen, N.J.) ground out to shortstop and then crossed the plate when senior Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) sent UConn’s second homer of the game over the left field wall cutting the lead to one.
But in the bottom of the sixth, Kentucky got an insurance run when Erika Silence homered and extended the lead to 5-3. UConn had a couple of chances with runners on base in the seventh but were unable to get any across the plate falling to the Wildcats.
The Huskies take a week off and will be back in action March 6-8 at the South Florida Tournament facing off against St. Bonaventure, Loyola-Chicago, and Evansville.