April 27, 2013
ORANGE, N.J.- The Connecticut softball team recorded 32 hits in Saturday’s doubleheader at Seton Hall where the Huskies split with the Pirates dropping the first game 11-10 and winning the second by a score of 11-1 in five innings. UConn now sits at 24-23 overall and holds a 7-11 record in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates are 17-26 (5-12 BE).
The Huskies conclude their three-game series with Seton Hall on Sunday with the first pitch set for 11 a.m.
Seton Hall 11, UConn 10
Despite outhitting the Pirates 17-14 in the opening game, the Huskies dropped a close decision with a score of 11-10. Senior Kim Silva was perfect for the Huskies in the first contest as she went 5-for-5 at the plate, tallied four RBI and scored three runs of her own.
Following the top three innings the Huskies owned a 6-0 advantage with four homers coming in the first two as Silva registered back-to-back blasts over the fence. Also hitting homeruns in the second inning were freshmen Lexi Gifford and Alyssa Gardea.
The Pirates pulled the game within three after recording a three-run bottom of the third on three hits and a Husky error before UConn tacked on three runs in the top of the fifth to move the score to 9-3.
Seton Hall’s bats took over and the team strung together consecutive four-run innings in the fifth and sixth to claim an 11-9 advantage.
The Huskies seventh inning comeback feel short despite senior Brittany Duclos opening the inning with a homer to left field and Connecticut fell 11-10.
Katelyn Callahan (1-3) was the losing pitcher after throwing the final three innings and giving up four earned runs, while Jordan Moses (1-4) was the winning pitcher for Seton Hall.
UConn 11, Seton Hall 1
Gifford continued her stellar freshman season with a three-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning of the second game as once again the Huskies took an early lead. UConn added two more in the second on three hits and grabbed an early 6-0 lead over the Pirates
The homeruns kept pouring in for the Huskies as senior Marissa Guches tallied her fifth of the season in the fourth inning to push the lead to 7-1.
UConn, outhitting SHU 15-4 in the game, maintained its steady play and closed out the game in only five innings following four more runs in the top of the fifth on five hits and capitalizing on one Pirate error to set the final score at 11-1.
Lauren Duggan was the winning pitcher for Connecticut after allowing only one run on four hits. Duggan is now 6-5 on the season.