April 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (April 21, 2012)- The University of Connecticut softball team faced several rain delays on Saturday afternoon for their doubleheader at BIG EAST opponent Pittsburgh. When the games were finally able to begin later in the evening, the Huskies fell in the first game, 6-0, before defeating the Panthers, 10-5. UConn moved to 21-19 and 9-7 in the BIG EAST, while Pitt is now 24-22 and 8-10 in the conference.
The first game was a pitching duel until the bottom of the fifth when the Panthers bats came alive scoring five runs on two hits, including a homerun to center field by Maggie Sevilla. Pitt added their final run in the sixth inning following two walks and two singles.
Despite the Huskies outhitting the Panthers 6-4, junior righty Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) was handed the loss, giving up five earned runs on two hits. Sophomore Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) tossed one inning allowing one earned run on two hits. Saveriano is now 11-12 on the season.
After suffering only their fourth shutout of the 2012 campaign the Huskies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they grabbed a 1-0 advantage following the top of the first inning. Freshman Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) kicked off the game with a double and was able to reach home on a sac fly by Marissa Guches (Sammamish, Wash.).
The Panthers evened the game at 1-1 in the second but the Huskies responded with an explosion on the offensive front tallying five runs in the top of the third to take a 6-1 lead. UConn capitalized on two errors by the Panther hurlers and three hits.
Pitt threatened in the bottom of the third inning when they scored one and loaded the bases. Senior pitcher Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) would enter to relieve freshman Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) and bailed Connecticut out with the Panthers only notching one run in the inning as they stranded three on base.
Junior Brittany Duclos (Mystic, Conn.) pushed the Husky lead to 7-2 with her solo blast over the left field fence. It was her third homer of the season. The Panthers retaliated with a three-run fifth inning on four hits to bring the score to 7-5.
The Huskies solidified their victory when senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) homered to center field in the seventh. Vaughan leads the squad with 12 homeruns. UConn added their final run on three additional hits to set the final score at 10-5.
Duggan (6-4) was awarded the win in the 10-5 decision where the Huskies were outhit 13-12 by the Panthers.
The Huskies and Panthers will conclude their three game series on Sunday morning with the game scheduled to begin at noon.