Feb. 25, 2011
BOCA RATON, Florida. - The University of Connecticut softball team opened the 2011 season today, playing two games in the Florida Atlantic University Tournament. The Huskies dropped both contests on the day, falling to Jacksonville, 10-0 in the first game and to FAU, 3-0 in the second game.
During the first game of the day, Jacksonville posted a four-run first inning and a six-run third inning and the Huskies mustered just two hits throughout the contest, falling 10-0 in five innings. UConn's hits came from Amy DeLuca and Marissa Guches, with DeLuca recording a single through the left side during the fourth inning and Guches posting a single to center field during the fifth frame.
Jacksonville posted its four runs during the opening frame on three hits and three UConn errors, while they added to their lead in the top of the third, as the Dolphins notched six runs on three hits and two more Husky errors.
During the second game of the day, the Huskies fell to Florida Atlantic, 3-0 as the UConn offense struggled yet again to get anything going throughout the game. FAU opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first inning, as Ali Adelman walked two of the first three batters, and FAU's Rose Gressley tripled to right center to drive in the first run of the game.
The Husky defense tightened up during the next two innings, as UConn let up just one hit through the second and third innings before the Owls posted two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on three hits and a UConn error.
UConn recorded just three hits during the contest, as Julianne Towers, Brittany Duclos and Kim Silva each posted one. The Huskies were in scoring position during the first and third innings but could not string together enough hits to drive in any runners.
Towers opened the game with a single down the right field line as the first batter of the contest, and advanced to second base on a fielder's choice. With no outs in the inning, Towers moved to third on a wild pitch, but the next three Huskies to the plate grounded out, stranding Towers.
The Huskies were once again in scoring position in the top of the third inning, when Maddy Schiappa and Amy DeLuca both reached on FAU fielding errors, but Schiappa was called out at home plate as she tried to get the Huskies on the board, leaving UConn scoreless.
UConn held FAU off the board throughout the final two innings despite the Owls recording four hits during that span, as Florida Atlantic earned the 3-0 victory.
Adelman pitched the entire game for the Huskies, striking out three Owl's and allowing two earned runs. Taylor Fawbush earned the win for FAU, posting four strikeouts.
UConn returns to action tomorrow when they face Maryland and Kent State in the Florida Atlantic University Tournament. The Huskies will take on the Terrapins at 9:00 a.m. and the Golden Flashes at 1:00 p.m.