April 24, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball team collected seven hits and used four pitchers on its way to a 4-2 victory over UMass-Amherst on Thursday afternoon at Burrill Family Field. With the win, UConn improves to 13-31 this season while the Minutewomen drop to 11-19.
The Huskies, who were 0-2 against UMass this season, won their second consecutive game and pushed their home record up to 7-5 in 2014.
Junior RHP Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) got the nod for the Huskies but was pulled for Alyson Ambler (Wala Wala, Wash.) after walking the first two batters of the game. Ambler tossed three innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out two UMass hitters en route to her first win of the season.
UMass hurler Tara Klee was charged with the loss after surrendering all four Husky runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
The Minutewomen got on the board first, taking advantage of three walks and an RBI single from Lindsey Webster to jump out to an early 1-0 lead.
UConn responded with two runs in the home half of the second, charging out to a 2-1 lead. Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) reached on an error to begin the inning, advanced to second on a single from Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.), and came around to score when Lauren Tremblay (Naples, Fla.) slapped a ball to shortstop that was unable to be fielded cleanly. Next up, Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) ripped a single to center field to plate Dubois.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the third inning, courtesy of a double from Dominique Pinto (Newtown, Pa.) that brought home Gardea, who opened the frame with a bunt single.
Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) came on in the fourth and allowed three straight base hits to open the frame but worked out of the jam with only one run allow to preserve the 3-2 Husky lead. In the Husky half of the inning, Sadowl poked a single into right and came around to score when Audrey Grinnell (Saco, M.E.) ripped her fifth double of the year to left field to make the score 4-2.
Freshman RHP Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) came on to shut the door, finishing off the final two innings with just two hits allowed.
The Huskies return to the diamond on Saturday, April 26 when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. for a conference series with Rutgers. Saturday will feature a doubleheader with game one scheduled to begin at noon.