March 2, 2014
COLLEGE STATION , Texas – The University of Wisconsin Badgers handed UConn a loss in the final game of the Texas A&M Invitational on Sunday by a final score of 7-2. The game was cut short due to rain, officially ending in the fifth inning.
Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) earned her first start on the mound for the Huskies. A pair of early runs for the Badgers brought Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) in as to relieve Ambler, and the freshman was able to put away the final batter of the first inning with a strikeout. Doty pitched a scoreless second inning before the Wisconsin bats came alive again in the third frame. The Badgers tacked on two more runs to push the lead to 4-0 before a pair of Wisconsin homers increased the deficit to 7-0 in the fourth inning.
UConn began mounting a counterattack in the fourth inning, when a two-out rally brought Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) around to score. The Huskies were unable to bring their remaining runners home, stranding two on base. The Huskies struck again with another run in the fifth inning. Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) worked a lead-off walk to start the inning and a Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.) single to left field advanced the junior to third base. Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) stepped up to bat with the runner in scoring position and did not disappoint, cracking a single to center field that scored O’Donnell.
Connecticut was unable to muster any more runs in the inning and inclement weather ended the game after that inning. Ambler took her first loss of the season for UConn while Wisonsin’s Cassandra Darah earned the win after pitching allowing one run over four innings to bring her record to 4-5.
The Huskies finished with six hits in the game compared with the Badgers’ nine. UConn left seven runners on base in the loss.
Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) paced the Huskies with a 2-for-2 afternoon from the plate. Sadowl capped another excellent weekend in which she batted. 500 with six hits in twelve at-bats. The sophomore finished with three RBI’s and a home run in UConn’s five games. She currently leads the squad with a .560 batting average and ties for first with seven RBI’s through 10 games. Lexi Gifford also had a strong showing at the Texas A&M Invitational, scoring four runs and finishing with a pair of RBI’s on the weekend.
UConn returns to action next weekend when it travels to South Carolina for the Winthrop Adidas Invitational.