April 3, 2014
HAMDEN, Conn. – In a make-up game with the Quinnipiac University softball team, the Bobcats rallied to defeat the Huskies, 11-10, on Thursday in Hamden. The Huskies owned the scoreboard, 10-7, headed into the final frame until the Bobcats rallied to tie and received a dramatic walk-off hit with two outs and the bases loaded. The loss drops UConn to 7-22 on the season while Quinnipiac picks up its fourth win for a 4-21 overall record.
Quinnipiac’s Nikki Barba supplied the heroics with a game-winning walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning for the winning RBI with the bases loaded. Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.), despite pitching 0.0 innings, allowed the hit and so took the loss for UConn. She drops to 5-11 in her outings this season. Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) also tossed 3.1 innings, finishing with three strikeouts and allowing five runs. Senior Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) pitched the first three innings, also allowing five runs and striking out three batters.
Four Huskies finished the day with a pair of RBI’s each, including Audrey Grinnell, Alyson Ambler, Dominique Pinto and Heather Fyfe. Maddy Schiappa and Heather Fyfe collected three hits apiece, with Fyfe going a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate today. Valerie Sadowl and Taylor Townsend each scored two runs each to lead the Huskies in a complete team offensive effort.
UConn claimed the first lead of the game in the top of the third inning when Taylor Townsend’s leadoff single up the middle eventually resulted in a run for the 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac responded with an explosive five-run bottom of the third that looked to blow the game open at 5-1, but the Huskies were not to be dismissed so easily. Valerie Sadowl opened the top of the sixth inning with a double to right field and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Dominique Pinto smacked a single down the left field line to score Sadowl and cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Bobcats tacked on another pair of runs in the sixth inning to build a 7-2 lead headed into the final inning of play. In dramatic fashion, UConn posted eight runs for the highest scoring inning for its highest scoring inning of the season to surge ahead, 10-7. Grinnell began the rally with a leadoff single to reach base. Jacklyn Dubois reached base on an error and a walk to Valerie Sadowl loaded the bases. A patient Dominique Pinto worked the RBI walk to score Grinnell with one out. With the bases still loaded, Heather Fyfe delivered a timely two-RBI single up the middle, followed by another RBI single by Maddy Schiappa. Emily O’Donnell took first base on a walk to once again load the basepaths for Alyson Ambler to crank a two-RBI single to left field that scored O’Donnell and Schiappa.
The game appeared safely in hand but a last ditch effort by the Bobcats was enough to overcome the deficit for the walk-off win. Quinnipiac’s Brittney Cyr blasted a big triple to right field and, with the bases loaded, Courtney Solt drew a two-out RBI walk to tie the game. UConn could not get Nikki Barba out, as she delivered the fatal blow on a walk-off single to left field.
Despite the setback, UConn will look to continue its offense on Saturday when it returns to conference action against Houston in a weekend set.
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