April 26, 2012
STORRS, Conn. (April 26, 2012) – The University of Hartford (9-36, 3-9 American East) visited rainy Storrs on Thursday and pulled off the upset against their in-state rivals UConn (21-23, 9-10 BIG EAST), who surrendered an early lead and lost by a final score of 13-7.
Connecticut wasted no time with their bats as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first. Senior Jen Ward (Waterford, Conn.) started things for the Huskies with a leadoff single. Ward then swiped her 24th base of the year which is a UConn single-season record. Once the bases became loaded, Hartford starting pitcher Siera Sheehan walked in the first run of the game. A dropped fly ball allowed the next two runs to score. The Huskies chalked up their fourth run when sophomore Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) poked an RBI single to right field.
The Hawks got on the board in the second inning, but the real damage came in the top of the third. As the weather in Storrs made a turn for the worst, so did the game for the Huskies. After loading the bases, junior Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) walked the next three batters to tie the game.
Sophomore Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) came on to stop the carousel, but without luck. After walking the Hawks’ fourth consecutive batter play was suspended briefly due to a downpour. Upon resuming the game, Callahan hit the first batter before finally escaping the inning with a 6-4 deficit.
As the skies cleared up in the fifth, the flood gates really opened for the Hawks. Behind a home run and a series of extra base hits, Hartford blew open a 12-4 lead, putting UConn in danger of falling victim to the NCAA run rule (eight run deficit after five innings).
A few singles and an error kept UConn alive in the bottom of the inning, as they were able to scrap together three runs. The ball only left the infield once in the inning, but the Hawks lead was cut to five.
Sheehan went the distance for Hartford and was able to hang onto the lead for her eighth win of the season. The loss was the Huskies’ fourth in a row.
The Huskies close the regular season out on Saturday when they face Syracuse in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Burrill Family Field.