MARIETTA, Ga. (March 24) -- The University of Connecticut softball team improved its 2001 Buzz Classic tournament record to 3-0 by defeating Cleveland State, 7-2, Saturday afternoon at the Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta, Ga.
The Huskies took advantage of the Vikings early, when senior shortstop Jessica Yanosy (Milford, Conn.) hit an RBI double to right
center to bring home sophomore lead-off hitter Nicole Dubovik (Coral Gables, Fla.) in the top of the first inning. Coming up to the
plate next would be senior designated player Megan Biddle (Bear, Del.), who drilled a two run homer deep over the centerfield fence,
to mark her third home run of the season.
In the bottom of the second set, Connecticuts defense earned its seventh double play of the year on a 1-6-3 out courtesy of sophomore
pitcher Barb Cook (Conklin, N.Y.), Yanosy and senior first base Abbie Link (Chalfont, Pa.). Last season, UConn recorded a single
season team record of 23 double plays turned. The victory extended the Huskies winning streak to three games, the longest stretch
Connecticuts lead would remain intact throughout the game, even on Cleveland States two runs scored. Cook (5-7) would take the
win, pitching five innings with two strikeouts and allowing only one earned run. Sophomore Claire Hesson (Kennebunkport, Maine)
helped in the cause, with a two inning and three strikeout effort in relief. Cook also batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
UConn (8-11) continues competition at the Georgia Tech hosted spring tournament with a matchup versus Maryland at 5 p.m. to be
broadcast live by WHUS 91.7 FM radio. Seeding and advancement into bracket play tonight and tomorrow will be determined after
the UConn-Maryland game.
Connecticut 7, Cleveland State 2
Connecticut 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 - 7 10 1
Cleveland State 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 - 2 4 3
UC - Barb Cook, Claire Hesson and Carrie Merritt.
CSU - Jessica Miller and Stephanie Taylor.
WP - Barb Cook (5-7).
LP - Jessica Miller.
E - Cook (UC), Gervais, Horton 2 (CSU).
DP - UConn 1, Cleveland State 1.
LOB - UConn 6, Cleveland State 4.
2B - Yanosy 2, Simjian (UC).
HR - Biddle (UC), Taylor (CSU).
HBP - Sandford (UC), Richards (CSU).
Time: 1:35, Attendance: 55