March 18, 2012
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Huskies split day two of the Hofstra Invite where they started the day by blanking Maine, 8-0, and then were shutout by the Pride by the same score with both games ending in five innings. Connecticut moved to 6-10 on the season, while Hofstra is 5-12 and Maine sits with 5-19 mark.
In the first game, junior hurler Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) and the Husky defense shutout the Black Bears as the righty improved to 4-5. Saveriano struck out five and allowed only three hits.
Senior Jen Ward (Waterford, Conn.) went 2-for-2 against Maine and was the first of three to score in the first inning as she crossed home plate on a double by freshman Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.). Senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) hit her second homerun in as many days to give the Huskies a 3-0 advantage.
Vaughan’s homer on Sunday marks the seniors third straight game day of smacking the ball over the outfield wall. She leads the team with a .426 batting average and eight homeruns.
UConn ended the Maine game when they posted five runs in the bottom of the fifth innings on three hits and one error. The Huskies handed Ashley Kelley her seventh loss of the season as they tallied nine hits and seven earned runs against the Black Bear pitcher.
Connecticut’s bats were brought to a standstill when they faced Hofstra and lost to them for a second time in two days. The Huskies could only muster up two hits, while the Pride notched 12 on the afternoon.
Senior Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) was the losing hurler as seven of Hofstra’s hits and five runs came on pitches dealt by the righty. Adelman was replaced by freshman Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) in the second inning and the first year pitcher gave up on earned run on five hits.
Trailing the Pride 6-0 in the fifth inning, UConn permitted Hofstra to end the game in five innings when the Pride capitalized on the Huskies’ two errors and added two runs.
Connecticut will continue to play on the road when they travel to Rhode Island to take on Bryant University on Tuesday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m.