April 7, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - After falling behind 4-0 in the opening frame at the University of Rhode Island, the UConn softball team stormed back to take a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning and took the win, 11-7. UConn improved to 14-16 on the season while URI dropped to 3-28.
Sophomore Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) started for Connecticut and four runs, two earned, in four innings. Junior Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) came on in relief to earn the victory. Adelman came on in the fifth and pitched two shutout innings before allowing three in the bottom of the seventh. Adelman improved to 6-5 on the season.
Sophomore Kim Silva (Cheshire, Conn.) finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI while redshirt sophomore Marissa Guches (Sammamish, Wash.) recorded one hit, two RBI and two runs.
URI jumped on top in the bottom of the first with four runs, capped by a two out, two-RBI single from Stacey Fox.
Saveriano finished her day with three shutout innings after the rocky start in the first.
Connecticut took a run back to make it 4-1 in the top of the fourth. After reaching on an infield single, junior Jennifer Ward (Waterford, Conn.) stole second and ended up scoring on an error by the URI infield.
The Huskies did their damage in the fifth inning, notching six runs to take the lead, 7-4. With the bases loaded and one out, junior Amy DeLuca (Bordentown, N.J.) singled up the middle to score Guches and freshman Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine). Freshman catcher Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.) then singled to score Ward before Silva blasted a three-run home run to left-center.
Connecticut added three runs in the top of the seventh in an inning that saw URI commit three errors.
The Rams added three in the last of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Adelman closed out the game with an infield pop out.
Connecticut will play at Hartford on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Huskies will then play five straight BIG EAST contests. UConn will play a double header at Louisville beginning at noon on Wednesday, April 13. The Huskies will then return home for three games against Pittsburgh beginning with a double header at noon on Saturday, April 16.