April 17, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a pair to No. 17/18 Louisville in BIG EAST action, Friday. The Huskies were shut out in both games falling to the Cardinals 1-0 in game one and 6-0 in game two.
With the losses, UConn falls to 25-14 on the season, 7-8 in the BIG EAST. Louisville continues their impressive season and is currently 39-5, 14-2 BIG EAST.
Game one was close as neither team was able to get any runners across through the first six innings. UConn had a couple of runners on base in the fourth and sixth innings but weren't able to score anything. Louisville threatened almost every inning of the game but UConn didn't give up a run, until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Kristin Austin started things off for the Cardinals with a single to right field. She advanced to second when Chelsea Bemis singled to center and when UConn tried to get her out at third for the second out of the inning, a throwing miscue allowed her to advance to home and score the game-winner.
UConn was only able to manage two hits in the first game as sophomore Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and senior Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) singled in the sixth and fourth innings respectively.
Senior Rachael Crossin (Fairless Hills, Pa.) was on the mound for 6.1 innings holding the Cardinals to just four hits, two coming in the ninth inning alone. Crossin also struck out six batters on the day.
In game two, Louisville used a six-run third inning to seal the victory, shutting out the Huskies once again. Eleven batters came to the plate during the third with six runs scored, only four earned.
Freshman Jessie Stavola (Montauk, N.Y.) earned her first loss of the season in the decision, pitching five innings and striking out four. Her classmate Ali Adelman (San Deigo, Calif.) came in for her in relief striking out one in her one inning of work.
UConn managed six hits in the second game by six different Huskies including Adelman who earned her first hit of the season on a single to left centerfield.
The Huskies are back in action later this weekend when they take on Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The doubleheader will begin at 11:00 a.m.