April 2, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. –A three-run sixth inning pushed the Boston University Softball team over UConn in a midweek non-conference matchup on Wednesday afternoon. The loss drops Connecticut to 7-21 on the season while BU picks up its third consecutive win to bolster a 16-12 overall record.
UConn took advantage of its first base runner of the game to break onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning. Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) lead off for the Huskies and reached base on an error by BU first baseman Chelsea Kehr. Junior Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Schiappa to scoring position. Senior Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) cracked a one-out single to centerfield that put runners on the corners for Connecticut. Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) beat out a grounder to second base for the RBI infield single that enabled Schiappa to score. Ambler's tenth RBI of the season gave UConn the 1-0 edge, but the squad could not muster another run in the inning.
The lead would stand until late in the game when a big sixth inning produced three runs for Boston University. An error by Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) at shortstop enabled the Terriers to reach base to start the inning and lead to the bases loaded with one out. An infield single by Brittany Younan helped BU draw even, 1-1. Brittany Clendenny delivered the fatal blow with a two-RBI single to right field. The Huskies could not build momentum for a rally in the top of the seventh inning, as the Terriers retired all three UConn batters in order to close the game.
Connecticut received a valiant effort on the mount by Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.). The junior threw 5.1 scoreless innings before BU mounted its sixth-inning rally. In a complete six innings of work, Duggan finished with a pair of strike outs and falls to 5-11 on the year. BU’s Lauren Hynes took the win to bring her season record to 10-8. The Terriers finished with a 9-4 edge in hits and stranded 10 runners on base.
UConn returns to conference action this weekend when it hosts Houston (19-10, 6-0 American). The Huskies and Cougars begin doubleheader action on Friday, April 4 starting at 12:00p.m. ET and return to the diamond for the final game of the three game series on Saturday, April 5 at 11 AM.