May 10, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Husky softball team ended their 2012 season with a 8-0 loss in five innings against the Louisville Cardinals in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship on Thursday afternoon. UConn, who reached the postseason for the first time since 2009, concludes its season with 21-27 (9-13 BE) overall mark. The Cardinals advance to the semifinals and improve to 51-3 on the season.
Louisville dotted the scoreboard in the first inning when they notched three hits against losing pitcher Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) and scored two runs to grab a quick lead. The Husky bats struggled against winning pitcher Caralisa Connell (19-1) who allowed only two hits and no runs.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the top of the fourth inning Connecticut had its best chance to contend with the No. 1 seeded Cardinals but were unable to capitalize on loaded bases and stranded three. UConn loaded the bases on a walk by freshman Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.), a single by senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) and junior Brittany Duclos (Mystic, Conn.) reached after being hit by a pitch. Louisville would replace Connell with Chelsea Leonard who bailed the Cards out and eventually was awarded her 11th save of the season.
Louisville, who outhit UConn 8-2, stamped their ticket to the semifinals in the bottom of the fifth inning on three hits and two Husky errors to score five runs to run rule Connecticut in five innings.
Saveriano (11-16) threw 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and three earned runs before being replaced by senior Ali Adelman (San Diego, Calif.) who was hit three times by the Cardinals and gave up the final three runs of the game.