Softball Falls To Connecticut, 8-3

STORRS, Conn. - Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) hit her second double of the season and drove in an RBI as the Quinnipiac University softball team lost to the University of Connecticut, 8-3, this afternoon. Fellow senior Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) knocked in the other RBI on the day as the Bobcats record drops to 18-18 on the year. With the victory, the Huskies improve to 17-19 in 2010.

UConn scattered their scoring across five innings, with at least one run crossing in all but the third inning. The Huskies scored five runs in the first two innings, bolstered by the offensive efforts of junior second baseman, Julianne Towers. Towers went 3-for-4 on the day from the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. The junior also hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, her eighth of the season, to improve UConn's lead to 5-0. Justyne Roy also saw strong offensive contributions for the Huskies, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.

Quinnipiac got on the board in the top of the fourth inning, sparking their offensive surge with two outs on the board. Freshman Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) started the rally, tallying her 28th hit of the season with a single up the middle. Junior Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Wall followed with back-to-back singles to score Alba for the Bobcats' first run of the game. With runners at first and second, Bellush doubled to score pinch-runner, Heather Maffeo (Milton, Mass.) in the following play to make the score 5-2.

Infield throwing errors by the Huskies gave way to an unearned scoring opportunity for Quinnipiac in the top of the sixth, scoring their third and final run of the game. Alba reached base in the second at bat of the inning when she made it to first on a fielder's choice play. She continued to second and third in the following play, a fielder's choice hit by Brzezinski, on a throwing error by the third baseman. A double-steal play resulted in Alba coming home during the next at-bat, scoring her sixth run of the season.

Bellush earned the start from the circle for Quinnipiac, pitching 3.1 innings in the loss. Bellush allowed six runs on six hits with one strikeout in the effort. Sophomore Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched 2.2 innings of relief in the game, earning one run on five hits allowed. Schwartzburg also struck out five batters on the day. Kiki Saveriano earned the win for UConn in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Bobcats return to action Thursday, April 15 when they host Fairfield University in a non-conference game at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.