March 30, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The University of Connecticut softball team fell to Rutgers, 6-0, on Saturday, in the final game of the series. Connecticut drops to 13-13 on the season, which includes a 1-2 record against conference foes. Rutgers now boasts an 18-12 (3-3 in the BIGEAST) record.
Pitcher Kiki Saveriano (10-4) took the loss after turning in a six inning performance in which she allowed six runs (five earned), six hits, five walks, and recorded no strikeouts against 32 batters faced. Alyssa Landrith picked up her 10th win of the season, as she turned in an impressive performance, holding the Huskies to just three hits in seven innings and striking out eight.
The Scarlet Knights took the lead in the second inning off a two-run homer to left field from Kaci Madden. For Madden, it was her first home run of the season. Rutgers added to their lead in fourth when Saveriano gave up two consecutive hits, followed by a walk to open the inning. After recording a force out at the plate, Chandler Howard drew a walk to force in the third run for the Scarlet Knights. The Huskies recorded another force out at home, before Alexis Durando reached on an error by the first basemen Audrey Grinnell that allowed two runs to score.
The Huskies best chance to score came in the second inning, when Marissa Guches led off with a walk and Grinnell was hit by a pitch. UConn was unable to advance either base runner any further, as Landrith struck out the next two batters and ended the inning by getting Jacklyn Dubois to fly out to left field.
Connecticut recorded three errors in the contest, while the Scarlet Knights committed zero. The Huskies were outhit 28-14 during the series.
Connecticut has dropped three of its last four contests after falling to Quinnipiac 4-3 earlier this week. The next BIG EAST opponent for UConn will be Providence next weekend. It will mark the first home BIG EAST series of the year.
The Huskies return home to play a mid-week game against Massachusetts on April 2. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm.