April 13, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville offense proved too much for UConn softball to handle this weekend, as the Cardinals defeated the Huskies, 9-1, to sweep the season series on Sunday afternoon. Valerie Sadowl recorded UConn’s lone run with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning.
UConn drops to 9-29 overall and 2-9 in the conference after the weekend blanking. The Cardinals jump to 27-15 overall and 8-4 in the American.
Lauren Duggan started on the mound for UConn on Saturday, holding Louisville scoreless through the first inning. The Cardinals burst onto the scoreboard with a pair of runs on three hits in the second inning, working the bases loaded before a fielder’s choice scored Kayla Soles from third base and Brittany Duncan touched home plate on a throwing error for the 2-0 advantage. The Huskies looked to respond in the third inning, with Lexi Gifford leading off with a single to the right side. UConn was unable to bring the runners home and stranded two on base in the inning.
Louisville increased its lead to 3-0 with a run solo home run by Katie Keller, but a big fifth inning by the Cardinals put the game out of reach. Four hits resulted in a six-run bottom of the fifth inning for the 9-1 advantage and early ending.
Sadowl led UConn with its lone run and Gifford’s two hits accounted for nearly half of the Huskies’ total five hits in the game. Connecticut stranded four runners on base in the effort.
The Huskies will return to Connecticut for a five-game home stand beginning with a Tuesday game against Rhode Island. First pitch for April 15 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. UConn will also face Hartford on Wednesday before hosting Temple in a three-game conference series starting on Friday, April 18.