Ortega had two of the Huskies' six hits on the day
April 28, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The lone run of the game, scored in the top of the first, was the deciding factor in the University of Connecticut softball team's loss to Bryant Tuesday. UConn had an opportunity to score in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not capitalize, splitting the season series with Bryant.
With the loss, the Huskies fell to 28-19 on the season while Bryant improved to 11-28.
A walk to Lindsay Martin let up by freshman Jessie Stavola (Montauk, N.Y.) allowed the first Bulldog runner on base. Martin advanced to second on a passed ball and scored when Ashley Coon sent a single up the middle to score the only run let up over seven innings.
Stavola settled down over the next six innings allowing just two more hits in the next six innings and striking out five.
In the bottom of the sixth, UConn had runners on second and third due to an error and a wild pitch, but couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. In the seventh UConn had the tying run on second with two outs, but again couldn't capitalize, falling to Bryant for the first time in series history.
The Huskies are back in action this Thursday, April 30 in their final non-conference game of the season when they take on No. 24 UMass in Amherst, Mass at 5:00 p.m.