April 1, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - A 2-for-4, three RBI effort by Amy DeLuca (Bordentown, N.J.) helped the University of Connecticut softball team past Sacred Heart, Thursday. DeLuca's day was capped off by a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Huskies a lead that they would not relinquish.
The Huskies earn their 10th victory of the year with the win improving to 10-16 in 2010. Sacred Heart drops their fifth straight falling to 9-14 on the season.
The Huskies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, and two batters later DeLuca gave the Huskies a lead they wouldn't surrender with a two run homerun that just cleared the center field fence.
Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) followed DeLuca with a single and Amy Vaughn (Somerset, Mass.) drove a double into the right-centerfield gap to put UConn's third run of the inning on the board. After the end of the first, the Huskies held a 3-0 edge over the Pioneers.
Starting pitcher Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) battled through her early struggles to keep Sacred Heart in check. Saveriano pitched four scoreless innings, walking two batters while striking out three. Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) entered in the fifth in her 14th relief appearance of the season allowing just two runs, on a roundtripper to deep center by Liz Tsipouras in the top of the sixth.
Jessica Arremony (Griswold, Conn.) came up big in the fourth with her defense. With two outs and two runners on base Arremony made a diving snag to her left to get the runner at second which allowed the Huskies to escape with their 3-0 lead still in tact.
Riding the momentum the Huskies extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Towers led off the inning reaching on an error and later came around to score as she caught the Pioneers off guard on a hustle play managing to score from second base on a groundout to first by DeLuca. Arremony then delivered a base hit that drove in Brittany Duclos (Mystic, Conn.) and the Huskies extended their lead to 5-0 lead after four innings.
The Pioneer bats finally came alive in the top of the sixth inning. Courtney Lee got things started with a hard single to left and Tsipouras got the Pioneers on the board with a towering two run homer to centerfield. Adelman regained her composure and was able to set down the next three batters and the Huskies maintained a 5-2 lead.
UConn will be back in action on Friday, April 2 when they begin their three-game series against St. John's with a 3 p.m. game.