By Campus Correspondents Aaron Esposito and Pete Harasyko
The UConn softball team dominated the University of Rhode Island on Thursday and now has back-to-back wins heading into a weekend series against the Memphis Tigers.
The Huskies (12-22, 1-4 American) tallied a season-high 15 hits en route to a blowout 8-0 win in six innings, after which the mercy rule applied. URI (1-24) has struggled mightily all season and could not get anything going at the plate against senior Lauren Duggan. She fired five one-hit innings to improve her record to 7-9. Duggan struck out four and walked only two before junior Alyson Ambler made her second appearance of the season to close out the final inning. UConn got the offense going early with three runs in the second inning off of URI starter Andrea Chiaradio. Two of those runs came on a home run from sophomore Dominique Pinto, who went 2-for-3 with a walk on the day. UConn senior Emily O’Donnell continues to produce at the plate as she drove in three runs on two doubles and a base hit. She now leads the Huskies with 11 doubles and 24 runs batted in. Behind O’Donnell in Thursday’s lineup, Ambler went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The Huskies received contributions throughout the order as five different players recorded multi-hit games.
UConn will play a double header Saturday and one game Sunday against Memphis (13-20, 1-5 American). The Tigers currently sit behind the Huskies as the last place team in the American. Senior Jordan Richwood leads the Memphis pitching staff with six wins and a 3.52 ERA. Freshmen Katie Brignac and Molly Smith also see significant time on the rubber for Memphis, although they have both have ERA’s north of five on the season. Sophomore Lindsay Crowdus leads the Tigers at the plate for the second year in a row with a .340 batting average. Memphis has plenty of talent at the plate with four hitters batting over .300 at this point in the season.
Saturday’s double-header kicks off at 12 p.m. at Burrill Family Field. Sunday’s game will also start at 12 p.m.