March 13, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of Connecticut softball team swept CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader where the Huskies shut the Roadrunners out in back-to-back five inning contests. UConn won the first game 9-0 before posting a 15-0 shutout over CSU Bakersfield (6-15) to improve to 4-8 on the season.
The Huskies firepower was extraordinary on Tuesday as the squad tallied four homeruns in the first game and sent four over the fence in the second game. In the second game, Connecticut tied an all-time NCAA record when they hit two grand slams in one inning which eventually ended the game in five innings.
Freshman Lauren Duggan earned her first career victory (1-3) with UConn's first win of the day, while junior hurler Kiki Saveriano earned the first victory of the day in her three hit shutout over the Roadrunners to move her record to 3-4. Duggan threw 2.2 innings allowing only two hits before being replaced by senior Ali Adelman who pitched the final 2.1 innings and earned her second save of the season.
Coming off a strong offensive game against Butler on Sunday, the Huskies started the day off with a two-run first inning where freshman Emily O'Donnell hit her second homerun of her career to UConn a 2-0 lead.
The Husky bats continued to be fierce with senior Amy Vaughan sent the ball over the center field wall in the top of the third to add another dash to Connecticut's total. Senior Jen Ward added the Huskies' third homer of the day when she notched two more Husky runs in the fourth.
O'Donnell sealed the UConn victory when she hit her second homerun of the game and third of her career in the top of the fifth inning to give the Huskies a 9-0 win.
The Huskies outhit the Roadrunners 20-6 over both games handing Marissa Hiller and Sarah Hoag the losses.
Meanwhile, Connecticut's bats did not slow down in the second game where the team notched 15 runs in five innings on 10 hits.
Redshirt junior Marissa Guches kicked things off with her a two-run homer to left field before Vaughan notched her second homerun of the inning to give the Huskies a 3-0 advantage.
The Husky sluggers were just getting started as they tallied 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning to conclude the game at a 15-0 shutout. Guches sent the first Husky runner of the inning across home plate with a RBI single.
Vaughan stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and sent the ball flying over the left center wall for her third ball over the fence of the day. Up to bat for the first time of her collegiate career, freshman Alex Falco came to the plate with bases loaded and sent the ball sailing for a grand slam.
In the two victories, Vaughan led the team as she went 5-for-6 with three homeruns and seven RBI, while O'Donnell had two homers and five RBI and Falco with four RBI.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday and Sunday when they travel to Hofstra for a tournament against the Pride and Maine.