April 18, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball split a pair of games with Temple in doubleheader action at Burrill Family Field on Friday afternoon. The Huskies battled back for a 5-4 win over the Owls in a ten-inning decision before Temple took the second game by a final score of 4-2.
The Huskies are now 11-30 on the season and 3-10 in conference action. Temple emerges from today’s games with a 13-20 record and a 3-7 showing in The American. The two squads will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow, when they return to the diamond for game three on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
In the first game, Temple jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning when leadoff batter Sarah Prezioso knocked a double to right field and came around to score. The Huskies responded in timely fashion in the bottom of the inning, with Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) earning a walk and scoring on a Temple error to knot the score at one apiece.
The Owls again jumped ahead on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, again thanks to the bat of Prezioso. Her long home run to left field gave Temple the upper hand, 2-1. UConn charged back in the bottom of the frame to claim the lead, thanks to a three-run homer by Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) for the 4-2 edge.
Temple gradually climbed back to tie the game and send it to extra innings with a 4-4 deadlock, but the Huskies would win on a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth inning. Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) roped a single to right field with one out to get on base. With two outs and Sadowl on first, Ambler was able to reach base on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Sadowl to reach third. Dominique Pinto (Newtown, Pa.) supplied the heroics with a walk-off line drive up the middle to score Sadowl for the win.
Lauren Duggan pitched the complete game for UConn, striking out seven batters en route to a 7-17 record on the season. Kelsey Dominik tossed 9.2 innings for temple, falling to 8-8 on the season.
The latter game of Friday’s doubleheader saw the UConn bats come alive in the early going but fizzle throughout the contest. Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) beat out the throw to first base for an infield single to start things for the Huskies in the bottom of the first inning. Schiappa stole second base and advanced to third on an Emily O’Donnell single to right field. Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) was struck by a pitch to load the bases. Ambler collected her fourth RBI of the day when a deep sacrifice fly to the outfield scored Schiappa from third to give Connecticut an early 1-0 lead.
The Owls found offense in the third inning, logging two runs on four hits and stranding a pair of runners on base to take the 2-1 lead. Temple would tack on another pair of runs for a three-run cushion headed into the bottom of the seventh inning. The UConn rally saw Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) lead off with a triple to right field that provided UConn with momentum. A Maddy Schiappa sacrifice fly scored Gardea, but the Huskies would come no closer and fall by a final score of 4-2.