SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Softball falls to UCONN, 3-2
The JU softball team was snake bitten for the third straight day after dropping a 3-2 decision to UCONN on Sunday during the final day of the Strike out Cancer Tournament.

Julie Towers recorded two doubles and scored the game-winning run for the Huskies (2-3) to hand the Dolphins (9-8) their third loss of the tournament by two runs or less.

“We just can’t buy a break right now,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We were able to get the lead early, but we let our foot off the gas pedal. Overall, it’s still early and I know we can shake this small funk.”

UCONN starter KiKi Saveriano (1-2) redeemed her earlier loss to JU after allowing just two runs on four hits and fanning four in seven innings for the victory.

Sophomore Olivia Kline (7-3) took the loss in relief after allowing the game-winning run on four hits in four innings of work. Junior Sarah Sigrest allowed two runs on four hits in three innings for a no-decision.

In the JU second inning, junior Amanda Schmidt led off with a single down the left field line before freshman Karson Tuck moved her to second with a ground out. Freshman Meagan Balding followed with a double to left field to plate Schmidt for the 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Balding scored on a two-out single from junior Melissa Morales that hung just inside the left field line.

The Huskies cut into the deficit in the top of the third inning after Towers doubled home Jen Ward who got hit by a pitch to start the frame.

In the fourth inning, Amy Vaughan led off with a double to left field for the Huskies. Kline relieved Sigrest and allowed a sacrifice bunt to move Vaughan to third. Brittany Duclos tied the game in the next at-bat with a single to left field to score Vaughan.

Towers opened the fifth inning with a double to right field, while moving to third on a Dolphins’ error. After a pop out, Amanda Huelsenbeck laid a bunt down the third baseline line and Towers was able to slide under the tag on Schmidt’s flip home to give the Huskies a 3-2 advantage.

Kelly broke Saveriano’s streak of 10 straight outs with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh inning. It would be short lived as Saveriano got consecutive line outs and junior Kayla Ouellet to ground out to end the game.

The Dolphins continues its road swing on March 4 with the USF/Under Armour Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. They will play St. Joseph’s (12:30 p.m.) and Maine (3 p.m.) on the first day of the tournament.