April 16, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore left fielder Heather Fyfe made her first career home run a big one on Wednesday afternoon at Burill Family Field. Fyfe (Bedford, N.H.) recorded a grand slam in the third inning to help UConn to a 12-1 rout of in-state foe Hartford University. The Huskies (10-29, 2-9 American) snapped a three-game skid with the win and have now won 20 of 21 all-time meetings against the Hawks (7-22, 1-8 American East).
The Huskies are now 5-3 when playing at home this season.
Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) got things started for the Huskies in the bottom of the second inning, smashing a three-run homer over the left field fence to put UConn out front, 3-0. The Hawks quickly responded in the top of the third frame, with Marisa Fergusson hitting a solo shot to centerfield to cut the lead to 3-1.
Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) drew a walk to start the third inning and a perfectly laid bunt by Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) brought up runners on first and second with no outs. Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice in which Sadowl was out at third, but a throwing error to first base brought Ambler to third. Dominique Pinto (Newtown, Pa.) was plunked by a pitch to bring up bases loaded with one out. An RBI walk to Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) pushed the Huskies' lead to 4-1 as Fyfe dug into the batter's box. The sophomore's blast sailed over the fence in center field to provide UConn a commanding 8-1 advantage. Fyfe, who entered the day with two runs batted in on the season finished with five on the day.
Fyfe's long ball marked the second time multiple Huskies have homered in the same game this season. Sadowl, Gifford and Jacklyn Dubois all went yard against Memphis on March 29.
The Huskies's offense was not yet finished, as a four-run fourth inning put the game on ice. With the bases loaded, freshman catcher Dominique Pinto ripped a ball to the right field fence that scored all three runs for the 11-1 lead. Pinto safely slid into third base for her first career triple in Husky uniform. Fyfe capped the scoring with a single to right field that drove in Pinto for the 12-1 score.
UConn received a strong complete game effort from rookie pitcher Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.). Doty held Hartford to one run on two hits and only handed out one walk on the afternoon. The freshman ended the game with her sixth strikeout of the day, bringing her season total to 45 and improving to 3-5 on the season. Lexi Wilkerson was charged with the loss for Hartford, dropping to 3-6 on the year after allowing eight runs on four hits over 2.1 innings. Kaitlyn Meade threw the final 1.2 for the Hawks, allowing four runs on four hits.
UConn's 12 scores mark the team's highest single-game run total on the season. A stingy Connecticut defense also performed well today, finishing the game with zero errors for the third time in the last six games.
The Huskies will host conference foe Temple (13-19, 3-6 The American) in a weekend series beginning in doubleheader action on Friday. The first game begins on April 18 at 1:00 p.m., with the second to follow immediately after. On Saturday the two teams will meet again at Burrill Family Field for a 12:00p.m. contest.