April 25, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn softball team scored six runs in the first inning to jumpstart a dominating performance over Albany on Thursday where the Huskies walked away with a 10-6 victory and improved to 23-22 (6-10 BIG EAST). Connecticut outhit the Great Danes 15-8 on the day, including a stellar four homeruns.
UConn notched seven hits in the bottom of the first inning for the squad's opening six runs. The Huskies sent two over the fence in the opening inning with freshmen Jacklyn Dubois and Val Sadowl recording homers. Sadowl's two-run blast marks her first career homerun.
The Great Danes (30-11) were able to respond with a run in the second against Katelyn Callahan when Lauren Alcorn homered to right center.
The Huskies tacked on three more runs to push their lead to 9-1 in the second with two hits as sophomore Emily O'Donnell opened the four-hit inning with a homer to left. The final UConn homerun came in the bottom of the third on a hit out of the park to left center by senior Kim Silva.
Albany strung together five unanswered runs to pull the final score to 10-6 but the Husky defense was able to withhold a Great Dane comeback.
Sadowl led the team with four RBI after going 2-for-4 from the plate, while Lexi Gifford was a perfect 3-for-3 with one run scored.
Freshman Alyson Ambler (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Huskies as she went two innings and gave up two earned runs. Also seeing time in the circle for Connecticut was Katelyn Callahan and Lauren Duggan.
Connecticut returns to action on Saturday when the Huskies travel to Seton Hall for a three-game conference series. Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon, while Sunday's game is slated to start at 11 a.m.