April 10, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn softball team picked up its second win over a non-conference opponent in as many days after powering past Fairfield University, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon in Storrs. The Huskies posted eight runs to the Stags' four en route to an improved 9-26 record. Fairfield drops to 9-16 on the season in the loss.
Senior pitcher Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) earned the start on the mound for Connecticut but a pair of quick walks saw Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) step in and take over. The Stags on base came around to score on Lauren Filicia's RBI single to right field, but Doty was able to escape the inning without further damage.
Trailing 2-0 heading into their first at bats, the Huskies stormed back to claim the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) start UConn off with a double to reach base and advanced to third when Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) blasted a grounder that proved too much for the Stags' second baseman to handle. With two Huskies on base, Sadowl stepped up and cracked a ball over the right field fence to give UConn the 3-2 edge. The shot marked the fifth time this season Sadowl has taken a pitcher deep.
Both teams turned up the pitching and the defense in the subsequent two innings, allowing no hits and no runs until Fairfield stepped back up to the plate in the top of the fourth frame. Lauren Filicia reached base to lead off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third to put the Stags in good position to score. Nicole Capra delivered a single up the middle to notch the game-tying run.
Once again the Huskies responded immediately, reclaiming the game at 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) singled to right centerfield to start the inning, advanced to second after Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was struck by a pitch to take first place, and claimed third when Heather Fyfe (Bedford, N.H.) beat the throw to first on a ground ball to the short stop. An error by the short stop on an Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) hit scored Gifford from third.
Connecticut tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth to put the game on ice. The Huskies loaded the bases and a walk to Audrey Grinnell scored Schiappa from third for the 5-3 result. Kristen Filicia earned a two-out walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but the rally attempt would fall short when Emily O'Donnell cleanly fielded a grounder at third base to record the final out of the game and seal the win for UConn.
Doty improved to 2-4 on the mound for Connecticut, finishing with four strikeouts in the game. Callahan was charged with a pair of runs after facing the first two batters. Fairfield cycled through four pitchers but Rebecca Trott was credited with the loss after allowing three runs over the first 2.0 innings of work.
The Huskies will travel to Louisville in American Athletic Conference action this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. The Cardinals are 5-4 in league play and 24-15 overall on the season, sweeping USF in a three-game series in their latest league outings.