April 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut softball split a double header with Providence College today at Burrill Family Field in Storrs. UConn dropped the first game in eight innings, 4-3, before applying the mercy rule to the Friars in game two, 10-0.
UConn saw its overall record go to 18-25 (6-9 BIG EAST) while Providence became 21-27 (5-12 BIG EAST). Senior Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) went 3-for-7 on the day with a home run and five RBI.
Game one took extra innings, resulting in a game-winning home run from Providence third baseman Jen Abrams in the top of the eighth inning.
Kiki Saveriano took the loss in game one, dropping her record to 10-18 on the year. She struck out 12 batters but allowed 10 hits and two home runs.
Saveriano worked her way in and out of trouble in the first four innings, stranding eight Friars on the bases.
The Friars loaded the bases in the first, only to have Saveriano freeze PC second baseman Mackenzie Morgan with a fast ball on the outside corner to end the inning.
Saveriano found trouble again in the top of the third inning, resulting in a three-run home run for Corinne Rubright.
Connecticut evened the score with one swing of the bat from senior captain Julianne Towers. Towers came up with junior Jennifer Ward and sophomore Kim Silva on first and third and blasted a home run over the right field fence. It was Towers' 10th home run of the season. She stands second all-time at UConn with 27 career homers.
Neither team was able to get on the board until Abrams solo shot in the top of the eighth.
The Huskies responded in style in the second game. Junior Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) started game two and promptly retired three of the first four batters. Adelman pitched all five innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. The junior righty forced seven ground ball outs in five frames to improve her overall record to 8-6.
The UConn offense took the field and exploded for nine runs on nine hits in the bottom of the first. The nine runs were the most in an inning for UConn this season.
Kim Silva reached on an error to start the game as the first six batters for UConn reached safely. UConn saw two separate RBI hits from Towers as well as RBI shots from Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.), Amy DeLuca (Bordentown, N.J.), Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) and Ward. UConn batted around the order as 15 players came to bat in the inning.
Providence starter Alicia Grosso pitched a third of an inning, allowing eight runs on five hits. Relief pitcher Corinne Rubright came on finished the game, pitching three and two thirds, allowing two runs on six hits.
Up 9-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, UConn earned the mercy rule for the first time this season when they made it 10-0 on an RBI double from sophomore Brittany Duclos (Mystic, Conn.). DeLuca singled to left and sophomore Marissa Guches (Sammamish, Wash.) singled through the left side. The two players executed a double steal before Duclos drove in the final run.
After two UConn errors to start the top of the fifth, Adelman retired the next three hitters to end the game.
DeLuca finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs while Ward collected a double and two singles to finished 3-for-7 with three runs.
UConn will head to Chicago, Ill. to face DePaul in a three game series beginning with a double header on Saturday starting at Noon Central time. The two teams finish the season series on Sunday with an 11 a.m. Central time start.