April 6, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn softball team returned to action Saturday at Burrill Family Field taking on Providence in its BIG EAST home opener. The Huskies lost 4-0 in the first game before winning 11-3 in five innings. The Huskies are now 15-14 (2-3 BIG EAST), while the Friars sit at 11-18 (1-4 BE).
In UConn’s loss, the Friars outhit the Huskies 9-7 on the day with each team registering an error on the day. Kiki Saveriano pitched the full seven innings and fell to 11-5 on the season. She finished with eight strikeouts and allowed four runs on nine hits.
After a scoreless pair of innings, Providence took the lead in the top of the third inning, with 2 RBIs from Megan Rollings to make the score 2-0.
Shanelle Harrell and Kristie Dederick both added onto the lead in the top of the fourth with an RBI each, increasing Providence’s lead to 4-0.
Huskies seemed ready to rally as Brittany Duclos started off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double. Immediately following, Providence pitcher Corinne Clauss delivered her forty-second strikeout of the season to center fielder Kim Silva followed by two fielded outs, the Huskies were held to just the one hit on the inning.
Senior Corinne Clauss pitched her sixth complete game for Providence. She had six strikeouts on the day, and contained the Huskies to zero runs on seven total hits.
Providence took an early lead in game two with a homerun from sophomore Shanelle Harrell with two runners on base, putting Providence up 3-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Huskies joined the action and put themselves on the board for the first time on the day with an RBI from Tori Thomson, making the score 3-1. A wild pitch from Providence pitcher Emily O’Keefe drove in another run for the Huskies for a score of 3-2, followed by a second RBI from Lexi Gifford which tied the game at 3-3 to end the second inning.
O’Keefe pitched the first two innings of the match-up for Providence allowing three runs on six hits. Freshmen Kiara Amos replaced O’Keefe at the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third, a single from Silva paired with a Providence fielding error drove in another run for the Huskies, giving them their first lead of the day. Huskies brought in three additional runs to leave them with four runs on five hits for the third inning and a score of 7-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Silva helped to extend the Huskies lead to 8-3 with an RBI, her eleventh on the season. Huskies ended the inning with a score of 9-3.
A pair of RBIs from Lexi Gifford and Marissa Guches ensured the Huskies victory, ending the game with a score of 11-3. Gifford and Guches both hit three for four and had three RBIs between them for the match-up.
Amos pitched three innings, allowing eight runs on ten hits with two strikeouts. Sophomore Lauren Duggan (2-4) pitched her first complete game of the season, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
The league opponents will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with the first pitch slated for noon.