Softball Drops Two In Season Opener At Mardi Gras Classic



    Game 1  Box Score      

    Game 2 Box Score     

    LAFAYETTE, La. (February 20, 2009) - The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a pair in their opening day of the 2009 season. The Huskies (0-2) fell to San Diego State (5-6) 2-0 in the first game of their Friday doubleheader followed by an extra-innings loss to No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2) with a 9-4 score.

    In their first game of the day, the Huskies were held to only one hit during the game, a liner up the middle by sophomore Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) during the fifth inning. The Huskies had a chance to score first in the first inning when, after some wild pitching by SDSU's Samantha Beasley, UConn had runners on first and second with two outs. But senior Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) was unable to get the ball out of the infield and grounded out to third base to end the inning.

    All of the scoring was done in the bottom of the fifth. Christine Kulick started the inning off with a homerun for the Aztecs and after Sydney Fleming got on base with a single to second, SDSU executed the perfect set of plays to score her pinch runner Stefanie Quichocho to gain an insurance run.

    In game two, the Ragin Cajuns jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the third inning. UConn struck back though in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) started the inning off for the Huskies with a single to centerfield. She advanced to second on senior Micah Truax’s (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) single to third. Both girls were driven in when senior Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) blasted her first homerun of the season, a three-run homer to take the lead away from ULL.

    Louisiana-Lafayette added another two in the top of the sixth but the Huskies were able to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Towers got on base to begin the inning on a single up the middle for her third hit of the day. She advanced to second on a fielding error of Ortega’s hit to first and up to third on Truax’s second hit of the game. After Del Ponte struck out swinging, Neuschwander reached on a fielder’s choice which scored Towers for the tying run. The Huskies could have won the game in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to knock in anymore runs and left three on base to head into extra innings.

    Nothing was happening until the top of the 10th when the Ragin Cajuns unleashed their bats and rallied off five runs to take a 9-4 lead that the Huskies wouldn’t be able to overcome. They are back in action tomorrow against Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. and San Diego State in a night cap beginning at 8:30 p.m.