March 1, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla.– The UConn softball team split the opening day of the UCF Spring Fling where the Huskies fell to Penn, 7-2, before defeating Villanova 2-1 in a nonconference contest. The Huskies are now 6-5 on the season, while Penn improved to 1-0 on the year and Villanova is now 4-2.
Penn 7, UConn 2
The Huskies were haunted by six errors in the opening game against Penn where the team committed six errors and dropped the game 7-2. Despite outhitting the Quakers 8-5, UConn was unable to overcome their mistakes and fell for the third consecutive game.
Connecticut’s first run was scored by senior Marissa Guches in the top of the fourth inning after reaching first on a single to the left side and scored on a RBI single to shortstop by senior Kim Silva. It was Guches’ third run scored of the season and Silva’s third RBI.
Trailing the Quakers 4-1, Silva would dot the scoreboard in the sixth on a RBI single up the middle by freshman Alyson Ambler. It marked Ambler’s first collegiate hit and her first career RBI.
Penn, who scored four runs on five Husky errors, tallied two hits in the sixth and scored three earned runs to set the final score at 7-2.
UConn had three Huskies in the circle against the Quakers but Lauren Duggan (0-2) was the losing hurler after 2.1 innings, two runs scored and three strikeouts. Lindsay Mann was awarded the win after giving her team the victory in its season opener.
UConn 2, Villanova 1
Guches continued to lead the Huskies on Friday afternoon as she lifted UConn to a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats. The senior outfielder registered two hits to tally two RBI. Kiki Saveriano notched her fourth win of the season to sit at 4-1 on the season after throwing seven innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out three batters.
The Huskies, outhit 7-4 by Villanova in the contest, took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the fifth inning on Guches’ double which scored Maddy Schiappa and Emily O’Donnell.
The Wildcats threatened Connecticut’s lead in the final inning when they notched three hits and one run stranding two on the bases.
The Huskies will continue the Spring Fling on Saturday when they face Ole Miss at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 4 p.m. contest against the hosting Knights.