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Softball Opens FSU Invitational With 4-1 Win over Western Illinois

Western Illinois 1, UConn 4 [], []

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 10, 2006) - The University of Connecticut softball team opened the Florida State Invitational with a 4-1 victory over Western Illinois on Friday morning. The Huskies are now 4-5 overall while Western Illinois slips to 1-8-1 on the season.

Freshman Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) got things started for the Huskies with a single to open the bottom of the first. She advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by fellow freshman Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) and to third on a single by sophomore Allie Gendron (Amherst, Mass.) before a sacrifice fly by senior Kim Castner (Forked River, N.J.) sent Truax across the plate for UConn's first run.

Singles again proved to be the run producer for the Huskies in the second inning, when junior Jessica Quan (Stockton, Calif.) opened the inning with a single and was knocked in two batters later on a single by Truax. It was more of the same in the third, when three-consecutive singles by Castner, freshman Sarah Neuschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) and Quan caused Castner to score UConn's third run of the game.

Western Illinois got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning when Amy Douglas came around to score following a single by Britt Mason. Douglas had reached base on an error by Castner at first base. The Huskies wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Jessica Balas (Yorktown, N.Y.) singled home Truax, who had walked to open the half-inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Junior Krista Michalczyk (Salem, N.H.) picked up the win for the Huskies on the mound, scattering five hits in seven innings of work. She also struck out three in the victory. Kim King took the loss for Western Illinois.

The Huskies will return to action later on Friday, when they take on host Florida State in the Florida State Invitational at 3:30 p.m.