Huskies Drop Two Close Games to Virginia Tech



    STORRS, CT (April 6, 2002) - The University of Connecticut softball team battled hard but fell short, dropping a doubleheader to Virginia Tech by scores of 7-5 and 3-0, Saturday afternoon at the UConn softball field.

    With the losses, the Huskies fall to 6-20 overall and 0-6 in the BIG EAST, while the Hokies move to 25-8 on the season and 4-0 in BIG EAST play.

    In the first game, UConn went hit-for-hit with Virginia Tech, each tallying 10, but fell two runs short.

    Both teams went scoreless through the first three innings before the Hokies put themselves on the board in the fourth with a two-run homer from Amy Voorhees.

    UConn answered back with a homer of its own in the bottom of the same inning when senior Lisa Girolamo (Ashby, MA) teed off over the left center fence for her first home run of the season.

    VT opened the game up, though, in the fifth inning when it tallied five more runs off six hits and one UConn error.

    The Huskies waited until the bottom of the sixth to stage a comeback.

    Three straight hits led to one run for UConn. Sophomore Maggie Arbogast (Ambler, PA) singled up the middle and advanced to second when junior Elisa Brinkworth (Amherst, PA) singled to right center. Freshman Jen D’Angelo (Wyomissing, PA) then singled to left field to score Arbogast.

    In the bottom of the seventh, the Huskies put forth an even stronger effort, just falling short in their attempt to tie up the game.

    Junior Barb Cook (Conklin, NY) started off the inning when she reached on an error by Virginia Tech’s second baseman, and advanced to second when freshman Ashleigh Campen singled to the shortstop. Cook moved to third on another error, a throwing error by the catcher, and VT’s pitcher loaded the bases when she hit Arbogast with a pitch. Cook scored on a wild pitch, which advanced the other base runners for D’Angelo, who singled to left center, scoring both Campen and Arbogast.

    Cook took the loss on the mound to fall to 5-10 on the season while Hokie starter Clarisa Crowell moved to 6-1 and Hokie reliever Ashlee Dobbe picked up her first save of the season.

    D’Angelo led the Huskies at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort, including 3 RBI. Girolamo went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. Her two hits in the game were her fourth and fifth of a five-at bat hitting streak.

    Leading the Hokies was Crowell, who went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI.

    The second game showed less hitting by both teams, but Virginia Tech managed to squeak out two more hits, for a 6-to-4 edge in that department, and three more runs.

    The Hokies used a run in the second and two more in the fifth to put away the Huskies this time.

    Junior pitcher Claire Hesson picked up the loss, falling to 1-9 on the season, while Hokie starter Dobbee moved to 18-7. Hesson did pick up a rare four-strikeout inning in the fourth. After fanning the first two batters, the third batter swung at a third-strike wild pitch, allowing her to reach first. Hesson then struck out the fourth batter of the inning. Overall, she had eight strikeouts in the game.

    Four Huskies tallied one hit each in the second game, led by D’Angelo, whose lone hit in the seventh inning was a double.

    Crowell again led the Hokies with one hit, a double, and two RBI.

    UConn returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, when the Rhode Island Rams come to town.