Softball Opens BIG EAST Play With Sweep At Rutgers



    UConn 4, Rutgers 0 [], []
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 25, 2006) - The University of Connecticut softball team opened BIG EAST play with a bang on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Rutgers with game scores of 4-0 and 6-0. The Scarlet Knights were able to muster just eight hits against the Huskies, who are now 10-11 overall on the season and 2-0 in conference play.

    In the first game, the Huskies first got on the board when junior Jessica Quan (Stockton, Calif.) homered to left center field to open the fourth. She was followed in the batting order by sophomore Allie Gendron (Amherst, Mass.) who doubled. Junior Kristina Tolles (Southington, Conn.) came in to run for Gendron but was stranded at second to end the inning.

    The rest of the UConn offense came in the sixth inning. Quan reached base on a bunt to open the inning for the Huskies and advanced to third on a single by Gendron. A single by freshman Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) allowed Quan to cross the plate and Gendron and Del Ponte scored on a double by freshman Erin Burtner (Jefferson, Md.) to close out the UConn scoring.

    Junior Krista Michalczyk (Salem, N.H.) picked up her fifth win of the season on the mound for the Huskies in game one. In seven innings of work, she scattered five hits and struck out nine batters. Christina Gillman had the loss for Rutgers.

    The Huskies rode that success into the second game, scoring three runs on a fielding error and a single by sophomore Christine Keeton (Spokane, Wash.) in the top of the first inning to take the quick lead.

    That lead increased in the fourth when Quan singled in freshman Meghan Tierney (Salem, Conn.), and again in the fifth on a double by Keeton. A double by Gendron to score Quan in the sixth inning closed out the scoring for UConn.

    Senior Michelle Caouette (Wyantskill, N.Y.) had the win for the Huskies in the second game. She is now 4-4 on the season and gave up just three hits while striking out eight in the win.

    The Huskies will be in action next on Sunday, March 26 when they travel to Villanova. The double header will begin at 12:00 p.m.