Box Score Alabama
Box Score FIU
MIAMI, Fla. (February 22, 2008) - The University of Connecticut softball team dropped two games Friday at the season opening Golden Panther Invitational. UConn fell 9-1 to number one Alabama in the afternoon, and followed it up with a 5-4 defeat to the host Florida International in the nightcap.
The Huskies made a spirited comeback against FIU. After falling behind 5-0 through four innings, Connecticut broke out the bats with four runs in the fifth. The inning started with Melissa Lucas (Methuen, Mass.) hitting her first career home run. Later after two hits and a wild pitch, Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) doubled home two more runs to cut the deficit to 5-3. Roy then scored the fourth run on a wild pitch.
The score remained the same until the top of the seventh, when the Huskies put Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.), Micah Truax (South Glenn Falls, N.Y.) and Erin Burtner (Jefferson, Md.) on base via a hit and two errors with only one out. However, Golden Panther pitcher Kasey Barrett was able to induce Lucas into hitting a game ending double play.
Roy was the leading hitter for UConn, going 2-for-2 off the bench with two RBI's. Traux and Lucas both were 2-for-4 for the game.
In the first game, UConn scored first against top ranked Alabama. In the bottom of the second, Lucas started the inning off with a single. Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) then sacrificed her to second base. Julie Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) singled Lucas to third, then Roy singled her home to give UConn the 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 through four innings as junior Rachael Crossin (Fairless Hills, Pa.) pitched very well, giving up only one hit. The Crimson Tide was able to break the game open with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth. A couple of walks given up by the Huskies followed by an error led to a couple of runs for Alabama in the fifth and broke the game open in favor of the Crimson Tide.
Lucas finished her first collegiate game 1-for-1 with two walks. Crossin took the loss with six innings pitched, giving up five runs (two earned.)
UConn returns to action tomorrow at the Golden Panther Classic with two more games. The Huskies face Illinois at 11:00 a.m. They will then have a rematch with FIU at 6:00 p.m.