March 26, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
An RBI single by senior Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) in the top of the eighth inning boosted the University of Connecticut softball team past Boston College for the first time since 2001. Neuschwander's hit to centerfield scored senior Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) who started off the inning with a single.
Freshman Jessie Stavola (Montauk, N.Y.) earned her third victory of the year after coming into the game in the sixth inning and pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless softball.
Boston College got on the board first after Taylor Peyton belted a homerun to center field. But the Huskies tied the game up a one-all in the top of the third inning when senior Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) drove sophomore Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) home on a single to center field.
UConn got their first lead of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Neuschwander started off the inning with her first double of the season and junior Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) came in to pinch run for her. Sullivan advanced to third on a sacrifice by fellow classmate Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) and scored despite the Eagle's attempt to get her out at the plate.
In the bottom of the seventh, Peyton tied the game up for Boston College after a wild pitch by senior Rachael Crossin, (Fairless Hills, Pa.) sending the game into extra innings. The Huskies would earn the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and keep the lead winning their sixth-straight game.
UConn is now 2-1 on the season in extra inning games.
Without a hit on the day, senior Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) ended her ten game hitting streak. During that time she batted .379 going 11-for-29 with a seven singles, a double, a triple and two homeruns for a .690 slugging percentage.
The Huskies are back in action this weekend with their first home games of the season. They begin with a doubleheader against DePaul on Saturday and finish with a doubleheader against Syracuse on Sunday. Both sets of games will begin at Noon.