April 22, 2014
SMITFHEILD, R.I. -The University of Connecticut softball team exploded for ten runs on 13 hits in 10-2 victory over Bryant University on Tuesday afternoon in Rhode Island. The 13 hits mark the second-highest single-game total the Huskies have posted this season. Connecticut picks up the win to improve to 12-31 on the season while Bryant falls to 25-18 in the defeat.
UConn wasted little time taking control of the game, racking up four hits and three runs for the early lead in the top of the first inning. Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) drew a walk to start the game and advanced to second base on an Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) single to the gap in left centerfield. Aurey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) drove home the first run with a drive to left center field that scored Sadowl from second and pushed Schiappa to third. Heather Fyfe (Beford, N.H.) delivered a timely RBI single centerfield that brought Schiappa home for the 2-0 edge. A Lexi Gifford (Natick Mass.) line out to right field scored O'Donnell on the tag up.
Connecticut continued to surge ahead with a four-run third inning to increase the lead to 7-0. Dominique Pinto (Newtown, Pa.) pinch hit for Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) and poked a single through the left side of the infield to start the ball rolling. A wild pitch allowed Pinto to reach second base, which paid off when Heather Fyfe recorded her second hit of the game on a double to center field that brought Pinto around to score. The Huskies kept the offense up with two outs, as a Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) infield single scored Fyfe from third base. Sadowl knocked in the final two runs of the inning to bring her RBI total up to three with a rope down the left field line that scored Dubois and Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.), who had singled to reach base.
Bryant responded with a pair of runs in the fifth inning in an attempt to close the gap, but the Bulldogs would come no closer. Three more runs by the Huskies in the top of the seventh inning shut the door on Bryant.
Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) earned her second win of the season after pitching five solid innings for the Huskies, allowing two runs and four hits. Freshman Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) recorded 2.0 innings of work on the hill, striking out two batters and allowing no runs. Katlin Saunders took the loss for Bryant, falling to 5-7 on the season.
UConn returns to action on Thursday, when the Huskies host UMass-Amherst at Burrill Family Field. The game had originally been scheduled for Wednesday but expected weather forecasts postponed the game to Thursday, April 24. Start time will remain at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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