Softball Splits Doubleheader at St. John's



    UConn 6, St. John's 1
    St. John's 7, UConn 2

    QUEENS, N.Y. (March 31, 2007) - Sophomore Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) collected five RBI , including two home runs to help win game one as the University of Connecticut softball team split a doubleheader against St. John's on Saturday afternoon in Queens, N.Y. UConn took the first game, 6-1, but fell in the second game, 7-2, to close out the day.

    The Huskies are now 13-10 on the season and 2-3 in the BIG EAST while St. John's moves to 6-23 and 1-5 in conference play.

    St. John's scored first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, but sophomore Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) blasted a one-run home run in the fourth to tie things up at 1-1.

    Ortega then stepped to the plate in the fifth and powered a home run of her own to drive in senior Jessica Quan (Stockton, Calif.) to take a 3-1 lead. Ortega continued to show her offensive prowess as she knocked out her second home run of the day, this time for three runs in the top of the seventh.

    The Red Storm couldn't come up with an answer with three straight outs to end the game with the Huskies prevailing 6-1.

    Freshman Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) picked up the win in the circle for game one pitching a complete game with six hits and allowing only one run.

    Game two remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when St. John's broke out for three runs. They tacked on two more in the fourth for a 5-0 lead, but the Huskies responded in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Meghan Tierney (Salem, Conn.) got things started with a single to third to begin in the inning. A single to left field by Ortega allowed Tierney to cross the plate. Junior Allie Gendron (Amherst, Mass.) followed with a triple to drive home Ortega, closing in on the Red Storm at 5-2.

    St. John's went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and took the game 7-2.

    Senior Krista Michalczyk (Salem, N.H.) took the loss in the circle for game two with 3.1 innings of work.

    UConn remains on the road traveling to Seton Hall for a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with a start time of 12 p.m.