Huskies battle at St. John's but fall short in both games.
April 25, 2012
Queens, N.Y. - The UConn softball squad dropped two tight decisions at St. John's in a critical BIG EAST doubleheader. The Huskies fell 6-5 in the first game despite outhitting the Red Storm 9-8 before falling 3-2 in extra innings in the second game of the day. With the back-to-back losses, Connecticut now falls under .500 on the season with a 21-22 overall mark and 9-10 in conference action.
Freshman shortstop Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) gave the Huskies an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first of game one when she homered to left field for two RBI. The UConn advantage was short-lived as the Red Storm tallied three quick runs in the bottom of the first on three hits against junior hurler Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.).
The Huskies sent another blast over the fence when junior third baseman Kim Silva (Cheshire, Conn.) evened the game at 3-3 with her sixth homerun of the year.
Again, the Red Storm bats were too much as they responded with two more in the bottom of the second inning to push the St. John's lead to 5-3.
UConn tied the game at 5-5 with back-to-back one-run innings in the fourth and fifth with sophomore Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) and senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) each lacing RBI singles to the outfield.
The Red Storm (19-30, 7-9 BE) captured the conference victory in the bottom of the seventh when St. John's scored the winning run on a RBI single up the middle against Husky reliever Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.). Adelman was the losing pitcher following 2.1 innings with four hits and an earned run against her.
The second game was a pitching duel between UConn's freshman righty Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) and Ashley Beza. The two teams tallied 13 hits and the game remained scoreless until the St. John's notched two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on two hits.
The Huskies made the Red Storm earn their victory and gave the fans a thrilling ending to the afternoon by tying the game with back-to-back single homeruns in the top of the seventh inning to even the contest at 2-2. Vaughan kicked off the inning with her 13th homerun of the season followed by sophomore catcher Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.) tallying her first of the campaign.
With Adelman in the circle for UConn, St. John's was able to clinch the win with a solo blast to left center by Kacee Cox in the bottom of the eighth. Allowing one earned run in two innings Adelman was handed her second loss of the day to fall to 3-5 on the season.
Connecticut will return home for a four-game home slate to conclude its 2012 home schedule. The Huskies host Hartford on Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. and continue in Storrs on Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series against BIG EAST opponent Syracuse.