April 5, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut softball team scored in each inning en route to their 8-0 five inning victory over Central Connecticut, Sunday. The Huskies were up 5-0 after two innings and scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to earn the mercy rule win.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 19-11 on the season while CCSU drops to 6-18.
Freshman Amy DeLuca (Bordentown, N.J.) helped UConn to their first lead of the game after stroking a bases clearing double to put the Huskies up 2-0. In the third, UConn added to their lead when senior Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) added a two-out bases clearing double of her own scoring three runs to boost the Husky lead to five.
A couple of home runs gave the Huskies runs in the third and fourth innings. First junior Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) lined a solo home run to left field just inside of the foul pole for her second homer of the season. Then, senior Micah Truax (South Glens Fall, N.Y.) rocketed her 30th career homerun over the left field fence to bring the Huskies lead to seven.
In the top of the fifth, senior Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) started things off with a double to the left field fence. She moved to third on a fly ball to centerfield by Roy that dropped in between three Blue Devils. Neuschwander scored just a batter later on a bizarre play. Freshman Jen Ward (Waterford, Conn.) ran to first on a drop third strike rule and while she did, Neuschwander ran in and dove around the tag to score the eighth run of the game for the Huskies.
Junior Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched a gem striking out two batters an inning in her three innings of work to earn her 12th victory of the season. Freshman Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) also came in to pitch the final two innings of the game striking out three batters and helping the Huskies to the win.
UConn will complete the doubleheader with the Blue Devils at 3:00 p.m.