April 17, 2013
Strike Out Cancer!
KINGSTON, R.I.- The UConn softball team snapped its four-game losing streak on Wednesday with an 11-2 win at Rhode Island as the Huskies improved to 18-20 (3-8 BIG EAST) on the season. The Huskies outhit URI 15-5 throughout the contest and were able to capitalize on four Rams’ errors.
The Rams (9-24) jumped on the board first with an early two runs in the first inning against Lauren Duggan as Emily Hendricks and Courtney Prendergast reached home plate.
Connecticut was able to string together back-to-back one-run innings in the fourth and fifth to even the game at 2-2. For the second consecutive day it was freshman Jacklyn Dubois guiding the Huskies at the plate as she scored in the fourth following a single up the middle before notching a RBI-single to right field in the fifth. She concluded the day with two runs and three RBI after going 4-for-5.
UConn had a stellar sixth inning with five hits as Maddy Schiappa, Lexi Gifford, Emily O’Donnell, Dubois and Brittany Duclos each made contact with the ball. Gifford scored the go-ahead run on a walk by Audrey Grinnell before O’Donnell touched home on a wild pitch. Once again it was Dubois stepping up for UConn hitting a double followed by a Duclos triple to set the score at 7-2.
The Huskies’ bats continued to haunt the Rams as UConn added four runs in the final inning on four hits, including homeruns by Gifford and Audrey Grinnell. Grinnell currently leads the team with five homers.
Duggan improved to 4-4 on the season as the Husky defense would not allow any more URI runs and Connecticut walked away with an 11-2 victory. Erika Szymanski was the losing pitcher after allowing eight hits and six earned runs.
The Huskies return home on Thursday at 4 p.m. for a nonconference match against Bryant (14-19) at Burrill Family Field. The UConn softball team will be collecting gently used shoes for Kicks for Africa, for more information click here. Additionally, the Huskies will be raising money at Saturday and Sunday’s games as a part of Strikeout Cancer with all proceeds going to Looney Legacy Foundation.