Feb. 23, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Connecticut softball team (0-5) fell just short of breaking into the win column on Sunday afternoon against Illinois State (5-9) in Florida. UConn erased a 2-0 deficit to force extra innings, but the Redbirds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the win by final score of 3-2.
Senior pitcher Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) earned the start on mound for the Huskies, posting a pair of scoreless innings before Illinois State broke onto the scoreboard in the third inning, when the Redbirds’ Lindsey Green reached base on a walk and came around to score. Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) relieved Callahan to get the final two outs of the third inning and finished the remainder of the gaeme.
Illinois tacked on a second run in the fourth inning on Annie Heineman’s infield single. A pair of Connecticut fielding errors kept the inning alive, which enabled Heineman to score for the 2-0 lead.
The Huskies rallied to tie the score with a two-run fifth inning thanks to a pair of RBI’s by Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.). The sophomore stepped up to the plate with Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.)and Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) on first and second, respectively. Sadowl cracked a double down the left field line to score both runs.
Neither team could generate many base runners to take the lead in the final pair of innings, forcing the game into an extra frame. O’Donnell reached base for the Huskies in the top of the eighth and advanced to third but the Huskies could not find a solution to Illinois State pitcher Regan Romshek. The Redbirds took the win thanks to a walk off single by Lindsey Greene down the leftfield line.
Lauren Duggan took the loss for the Huskies, falling to 0-4 on the season. Illinois State’s Romshek improved to .500 with a 4-4 record in her eighth appearance of the season. Valerie Sadowl went two-for-three from the plate, accounting for two of UConn’s three team hits on the day and earning a spot on the NFCA Lead-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.
UConn returns to action at the Texas A&M Invitational next weekend in College Station, Texas. The Huskies will open against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before facing No. 16 Texas A&M on Friday, Feb. 28. Connecticut will face both teams in rematch games on Saturday, March 1 before closing out the weekend against Wisconsin on March 2.