STORRS, CT (May 5, 2002) After going hit-for-hit with the Cornell Big Red in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, but finally falling, 5-3, the University of Connecticut softball team out-hit them in the second game, but couldnt overcome a five-run first inning by Cornell, and fell 6-3.
The losses finalize the Huskies 2002 record at 13-36 and give Cornell a 30-20 record overall.
Prior to the game, seniors Lisa Girolamo (Ashby, MA) and Caryn Haskins (East Freetown, MA) were honored as part of Senior Day.
The Huskies took a quick lead in the first game with a run in the first and two more in the second.
In the first, freshman Mandy Schettini (Coxsackie, NY) started off with a bunt single and moved to second off a sacrifice bunt by freshman Ashleigh Campen (Rougemont, NC). Junior Barb Cook (Conklin, NY) then brought her home with a single.
The Huskies used two hits and capitalized on a CU error in the second to score two more runs.
The first two UConn batters in the second inning were retired, but the Huskies caught a break when CU shortstop Lauren May overthrew the ball on what would have been the third out of the inning, to put freshman Jess Gurney (Williamstown, MA) on base. Junior Bethany Watrous (Worcester, MA) then reached on a fielders choice, but the Big Red were unable to make the play on Gurney, leaving runners on first and second. Schettini then picked up her second hit of the day to load the bases for Campen, who singled to center field, scoring both Gurney and Watrous.
The Big Red, though, began their comeback with two runs in the fourth inning. A solo home run by Sandra Alvarez in the sixth tied up the game, and they then used three hits and one UConn error in the seventh to put themselves on top for good.
Haskins, in her second start of the season, fell to 0-1 overall after pitching a complete game and giving up only two earned runs.
At the plate, three different Huskies tallied two hits a piece. Schettini went 2-for-4 with a run, while Cook and freshman Jen DAngelo (Wyomissing, PA) also went 2-for-4. DAngelo also tallied a double. Campen went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
UConn put itself in a tough position in the second game as the Big Red tallied five runs off four hits and a pair of UConn errors in the top of the first inning.
The Huskies began their comeback in the third inning when, after three-straight singles, CU pitcher Nicole LePera walked in Schettini for the first run. A sacrifice fly by DAngelo brought Campen in for the second run.
UConn added one more run in the fifth off a double to left center by Girolamo and an RBI single to left field by Cook. Cornell, however, had also added another run in the top of that inning, for what ended up to be the final score of 6-3, despite a strong rally by the Huskies in the bottom of the seventh.
Cook took the loss on the mound in the second game, falling to 8-20, while striking out six batters. CU pitcher Sarah Sterman took the win in both games to move her record to 21-8.
At the plate, Girolamo led UConn with a 3-for-4 effort, a run and a double. Cook went 1-for-3 with two doubles, while Schettini and Campen both went 2-for-4 with a run.
The doubleheader concludes the 2002 softball season.