May 4, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The American Athletic Conference regular season champion UCF Knights scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back, defeating UConn, 12-5, and completing the three-game sweep at Burrill Family Field on Sunday. With the loss, UConn finishes regular season play at 13-37 (3-17 The American) and earns the eighth seed in the conference tournament, while the Knights move to 39-15 (15-3 The American) and will play as the top-seed next week in Houston.
Senior RHP Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) earned the nod for the Huskies but lasted just 2.0-plus innings and was tagged with the loss after surrendering four runs on three hits with a pair of walks. Lena Springer took the ball for the Knights and earned the win with a 7.0 inning, five-run performance with six strikeouts and three walks.
UCF pushed across three runs in the game's first frame, taking advantage of two walks and a Husky error. Jessica Ujvari headlined the inning, smashing a two-run homer to right center.
UConn grabbed a run back in the home half of the first, cutting the UCF lead to 1-0. Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) laid down a sacrifice bunt, O'Donnell scampered home on a wild pitch.
The Knights extended their lead to 5-1 in the second, after Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) came on in relief, using a round-tripper from Samantha McCloskey and a Kahley Novak sac fly to score two more. UCF added two more in the fourth, again capitalizing on a two-out UConn error. Farrah Sullivan cracked a two-run double into the right center field gap to chase home two Knights and make the score, 7-1, in favor of the visitors.
After Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) walked with one out in the fourth, sophomore OF Heather Fyfe (Bedford, N.H.) ripped a two-run shot down the left field line to bring the score to 7-3. For Fyfe, it marked her third home run of the season.
The Knights scored four times in the top of the fifth but Connecticut was able to respond with two runs of its own. Lauren Tremblay (Naples, Fla.) led off with a single to left and O'Donnell followed up with a single of her own. After two quick outs, a wild pitch plated Tremblay. A walk to Ashely Lapenta (Bristol, Conn.) put runners on the corners and Dubois delivered doubled to left, scoring O'Donnell and cutting the UCF lead to 11-5.
The Knights scored once more in the top of the sixth and Springer retired six of the last seven batters to close out the game.
Next up, the Huskies will travel to Houston, Texas to take part in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. UConn finished the regular season as the eight seed and will take on top-seeded UCF at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 8. Information regarding match-ups, broadcasts and seeding can be found by CLICKING HERE.