UConn 9, Villanova 8
UConn 4, Villanova 2
STORRS, Conn. (April 21, 2007) - The University of Connecticut softball team used 20 hits in two games to defeat Villanova in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the UConn Softball Field. The Huskies took game one 9-8 before defeating the Wildcats in the second 4-2.
The Huskies improve to 18-17 and 6-7 in the BIG EAST while Villanova drops to 19-20 and 1-9 in the conference.
The Wildcats were the first to get on the board in the top of the first with two runs to take the early 2-0 lead.
But the Huskies answered back with an offensive strike to counter in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Micah Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was walked before senior Holly Calcagno (Cedar Grove, N.J.) ripped a single to second with Truax advancing to third on the throw. Sophomore Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.) was walked to load the bases for junior Allie Gendron (Amherst, Mass.) Gendron hit a two RBI single up the middle that Truax and Calcagno both scored off.
UConn kept the runs coming taking a 5-2 advantage before the end of the first was over.
Villanova scored two runs in the third to close-in on the Huskies at 5-4.
The Wildcats erupted for three runs in the top of the fifth off three hits and were able to capitalize on a UConn error.
Sophomore Danielle Del Ponte (Tewksbury, Mass.) blasted a home run to center field to pull the Huskies to within one with the score 7-6 in favor of Villanova.
The Wildcats score another run in the top of the sixth to bring their total to 8 before the Huskies took to the plate again. Truax was the first batter in the bottom of the sixth and hammered a home run out of the park. Calcagno followed with a double to left field and scored when Ortega powered UConn's third home run of the day to take a 9-8 advantage, the final margin they would go on to win by.
Sophomore Rachael Crossin (Fairless Hills, Pa.) earned the win pitching 2.0 innings of relief allowing only one hit with three strikeouts. Del Ponte went 3-for-3 with two runs while Ortega, Gendron and sophomore Sarah Nueschwander (Chugiak, Alaska) each had two RBI in the win.
The first two innings of game two were quiet offensively. Villanova score run in the third to take a 1-0 lead.
UConn answered the call with two runs in the bottom of the third. Senior Jessica Quan (Stockton, Calif.) had a lead-off single to right center that sophomore Meghan Tierney (Salem, Conn.) followed with a single bunt to send Quan to second. Both runners then advanced a single base on a passed ball by Villanova's catcher.
Quan came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Truax while Tierney advanced to third. Calcagno did the same with another sacrifice fly to allow Tierney to cross the plate for the 2-1 lead.
Calcagno ripped a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to increase the advantage to three at 4-1.
Villanova scored one run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies won 4-1, completing the two-game sweep.
Freshman Tricia Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.) was the winner in the pitcher's circle scattering just three hits over 4.1 innings and two strikeouts. Calcagno finished with three RBI with Truax having one.
UConn closes out its home season with a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon against Rutgers at 12 p.m. and will also serve as Senior Day.