April 15, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The South Florida Bulls (40-6, 13-1BIG EAST) looked impressive as they beat UConn (18-17, 7-5 BE) in five innings by a score of 11-3 Sunday morning. With the victory, the Bulls took the weekend series two games to one.
Junior Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) started for the Huskies, but didn’t last long. USF wasted no time starting their offensive onslaught, as leadoff hitter Janine Richardson doubled to center. After a sacrifice and a squeeze play, USF had the ball rolling. A two-run double by sophomore Kourtney Salvarola gave the Bulls a 3-0 lead before the Huskies stepped to the plate.
Once they did reach the plate, they weren’t able to do much against USF starter Lindsey Richardson. Richardson allowed 0 runs on 4 hits through four innings of work.
The third inning would be Saveriano’s last inning of work. After a two-out walk, sophomore Stephanie Medina hit an opposite-field bomb which gave the Bulls a 5-0 lead. It was her seventh home run of the year.
To begin the fourth, senior Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) took over on the mound, but was only able to record one out. After an RBI single, Janine Richardson continued her success against the Huskies, launching a three-run homer to left. UConn hurlers sophomore Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) and freshman Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) combined to finish the game, allowing two more runs in the top of the fifth.
Down 11-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Huskies finally showed some life. USF ace Sara Nevins came on in relief but ran into some trouble. UConn loaded the bases with nobody out and were able to get two runs courtesy of a couple of USF errors. With the bases still loaded, sophomore Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.) recorded her third hit of the day—an RBI single.
The Huskies late push wasn’t enough, as they faced an 11-3 deficit after the fifth. The NCAA run rule states that a team leading by eight or more runs after five innings is awarded the victory.
The Huskies are back on the diamond Tuesday at 4 p.m. as they face the University of Rhode Island at Burrill Family Field.