April 29, 2012
STORRS, Conn. (April 29, 2012) – The UConn softball squad celebrated its four seniors on Sunday afternoon before falling in an extra inning heartbreaker to BIG EAST opponent Syracuse. The Orange concluded their three-game sweep in front of a large crowd at Burrill Family Field with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.
Connecticut concluded the regular season with a 21-26 (9-13 BE) mark, while Syracuse improved to 38-12 and 15-4 in the BIG EAST.
Just a day after being shutout by Syracuse pitcher Jenna Caira and swept by the Orange the Huskies pounced on Caira and were able to tally three runs in the first three innings. Caira, who threw her 1,000th career strikeout on Sunday, gave up three runs on seven hits in the opening four frames.
Two UConn seniors teamed up for to score the Huskies first run of the game when centerfielder scored the first run in the bottom of the first on a RBI bunt single by Amy Vaughan. Ward added another run in the second inning on a RBI double down the left field line by freshman Emily O’Donnell. Connecticut’s final run of the afternoon was scored by junior Brittany Duclos to push the Husky lead to 3-0 entering the fourth.
The Orange inked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when they scored two runs on three hits against junior righty Kiki Saveriano shorten the Husky lead to 3-2.
The two teams battled back-and-forth for the next few innings as the UConn offense became stagnant when Syracuse replaced Caira with Stacy Kuwik who shut down the Huskies allowing only two hits and no runs.
Syracuse’s Shirley Daniels sent the ball flying over the centerfield fence in the top of the seventh against UConn’s losing pitcher Ali Adelman (3-6) to even the game at 3-3 and force extra innings.
The Orange put the game away in the tenth inning when they hit three singles to centerfield to score the winning run and set the final score at 4-3.
Sunday’s contest marked Connecticut’s final regular season game of the 2012 campaign. With a 9-13 BIG EAST record, the Huskies will await the remaining BIG EAST squads to conclude their seasons next week to determine if UConn will be playing in the conference tournament on May 10.