April 2, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
A line shot up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning by junior Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) scored freshman Jen Ward (Waterford, Conn.) and gave the University of Connecticut softball team the extra-inning victory over Boston University.
With the win, the Huskies improve their record to 18-11, while the Terriers drop to 20-10 on the season.
A two-out laser single up the middle by senior Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) started things off for the Huskies in the bottom of the eighth. Ward took over at first for Del Ponte and advanced to second on a wild pitch by the Boston University pitcher Megan Currier.
After a walk by senior Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska), Roy sent a shot up the middle that scored Ward to give the Huskies the 2-1 lead and the win.
UConn was the first team to get on the board in the bottom of the first. In the top of the inning, junior Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) retired the side on strikeouts giving the Huskies the opportunity to take the first lead of the game.
Sophomore Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) started things off on a single through the right side. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and onto third on a single down the leftfield line by freshman Amy DeLuca (Bordentown, N.J.). One batter later, Towers crossed the plate when Del Ponte singled to left field.
But as soon as the Huskies had the lead, it slipped away from them. In the top of the second the Terriers tied the game up with a couple of doubles. Caitlin Rentler leadoff with a double to right center and two batters later Emily Roesch hit her in on a line shot that took off on Truax.
Sullivan ended the day with a strong eight-inning performance. She struck out eight only allowing the second inning run in her 11th victory of the season.
The Huskies have a few days off and will return to the field on Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at home in a doubleheader against Central Connecticut.