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MIAMI, Fla. (February 23, 2008) - The University of Connecticut softball team dropped two games Saturday at the Golden Panther Invitational as they fell 8-0 to Illinois in six innings in the afternoon, they dropped a 4-3 decision to the host Florida International in the nightcap. The Huskies fall to 0-4 on the year, while the Fighting Illini improve to 7-6 and FIU is now 6-9.
For the second straight night, UConn came up just short in its attempt to defeat the host Golden Panthers. After FIU scored two in the top of the second, the Huskies responded with one of their own in the bottom of the frame. Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) doubled home Micah Truax (South Glen Falls, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Panthers made it 4-1 with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Once again the Huskies responded, scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Julie Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) singled home both runs. The Huskies were able to load the bases from there with only one out, but were unable to bring the tying run home.
Florida International's pitching took over in the last three innings as they held UConn to only one more hit. Towers finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI's. Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Huskies.
In the first game of the day, Illinois got on the board with a couple of hits in the first inning. That led to designated player Hollie Pinchback singling home two runs. UConn starter Sullivan settled down from there, giving up only two hits over the next three innings. In the fifth, Illinois broke it open with four runs. They then closed the game out with a two-run home run in the sixth.
Melissa Lucas (Methuen, Mass.) continued her hot start to her freshman season with a 1-for-2 day at the plate in that game.
Connecticut concludes play at the Golden Panther Invitational Sunday when they face top ranked Alabama at 10:30 a.m. They fell to the Crimson Tide 9-1 on Friday.