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Softball Shuts Out Appalachian State Twice to Conclude Florida State Invitational

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 9, 2008) - The University of Connecticut softball team defeated Appalachian State twice on Sunday to conclude play at the Florida State Invitational. Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched a complete game shutout for the Huskies in their 7-0 game one win, giving up only three hits and striking out 12. In the second game, which UConn won 8-0 in six innings, Rachael Crossin (Fairless Hills, Pa.) pitched six strong innings, giving up only three hits of her own UConn improves to 5-8 on the year, while the Mountaineers fall to 1-16.

After scoring a run in the second inning of game one, the Huskies broke out for four more in the bottom of the third. Lauren Cecchi (Simsbury, Conn.) doubled home Melissa Lucas (Methuen, Mass.) for her first RBI of the year. Two batters later, Justyne Roy (North Dighton, Mass.) singled home another run to make it 3-0. Freshman Jessica Arremony (Griswold, Conn.) pinch hit next, and an error by the Appalachian State third baseman allowed two more runs to score and give Connecticut a 5-0 lead.

The Huskies added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cecchi singled home Julianne Towers (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) for her second RBI of the game. Later in the inning, Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) singled Erin Burtner (Jefferson, Md.) over to third, and when the centerfielder misplayed the ball, she was able to score to make it 7-0 Connecticut.

While UConn was scoring runs, Sullivan was cruising along, setting the Mountaineers down in order in three separate innings. In the top of the fifth she struck out the side.

Roy, Cecchi, Lucas, Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) and Micah Truax (South Glen Falls, N.J.) all recorded two hits each in a 14-hit attack for Connecticut. Roy and Arremony joined Cecchi with two RBI each.

The Huskies jumped right on top of the Mountaineers in game two, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. After Towers and Ortega reached base, Lucas hit the first triple of the season for UConn to score both of them. Cecchi then sacrificed Lucas home to give Connecticut their third run.

In the bottom of the third inning the Huskies were able to get runners on second and third with one out. Erin Burtner (Jefferson, Md.), Meghan Tierney (Salem, Conn.) and Allie Gendron (Belchertown, Mass.) then each singled a run home to give UConn a 6-0 lead. The Huskies ended the game in the bottom of the sixth when Ortega doubled home Gendron and Tierney to give them the 8-0 mercy rule win.

In the second game, Gendron, Roy and Towers each led Connecticut with a 2-for-3 day scoring one run apiece.

UConn will remain in Tallahassee for a few more days as they play doubleheaders with both universities in the city. The Huskies will face Florida State on Tuesday, March 11 for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. They will then face the Seminoles' neighbors across the street, the Florida A&M Rattlers on Wednesday, March 12 for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.