April 1, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – UConn softball was defeated by BIG EAST foe Notre Dame on Sunday morning, 7-2. A week after sweeping a three-game series against Seton Hall the Huskies were swept by the Fighting Irish to fall to 13-14 and 3-3 in conference play. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 17-10 and 3-0 in the BIG EAST.
The Huskies reached the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning when freshman Emily O’Donnell scored from second base on a RBI-double by senior Amy Vaughan. The Irish responded with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first against junior Kiki Saveriano.
Similar to Saturday’s contests, the Huskies were unable to strike back after trailing 3-1. In the third inning, the Fighting Irish added three more runs on three hits and a Husky error.
Saveriano (8-7) was replaced by senior Ali Adelman in the third inning. Saveriano concluded the game with seven hits and five earned runs against her in 2.2 innings pitched. Adelman had four hits and one earned run tallied against her as Notre Dame finished the day outhitting the Huskies 11-8. Laura Winter was awarded the victory and improved to 10-6 on the season after allowing only eight hits and two earned runs.
Connecticut added their final run of the series in the seventh on a RBI-single by senior Jen Ward. O’Donnell was once again the leading offensive presence for the Huskies going 2-for-4 on Saturday.
The Huskies return to Storrs on Tuesday, April 3 when they welcome northeast opponent UMass at 4 p.m.