UMass Drops Final Road Game, 4-2 At Connecticut
April 24, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The Massachusetts softball team left 12 runners on base and was outscored 4-2 by Connecticut at Burrill Family Field Thursday.
UMass (11-19) left the bases loaded twice and had just six hits in the contest.
Senior first baseman Tiffany Meeks led the Minutewomen offense and reached base four times with a pair of singles and walks. Freshman third baseman Jena Cozza extended her hitting streak to four games and tied a career high with five assists.
Freshman Tara Klee (4-5) worked the final five innings in relief and allowed four runs while scattering six hits in defeat.
UConn took the lead in the second with a two runs on two hits. The Huskies tied it on a bases loaded infield error from pinch hitter Lauren Tremblay. Valerie Sadowl had followed with one of her team-high two hits to drive in Jacklyn Dubois for a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies added to their lead with a run in the third. Alyssa Gardea reached on a one-out bunt and scored from first on Dominque Pinto's double to the wall in right center.
UMass got one run back in the next inning when Cote' Clark walked with the bases loaded and no outs. But a fielder's choice out at home on a force play, a strikeout and groundout ended the threat before it could amount to anything substantial.
UConn got the run back with an insurance score in the fourth when Sadowl and Audrey Grinnell had back-to-back doubles for a 4-2 edge.
UConn (13-31) finished with seven hits.
UMass will return to Amherst and close out the regular-season with a seven-game homestand, beginning Saturday with a doubleheader against Saint Joseph's. The first game is scheduled to start at Noon and will be preceded by a ceremony honoring the four Minutewomen seniors. It will also be Rally Twizzler Day with all fans in attendance receiving complimentary Twizzlers.