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Softball falls in BIG EAST tournament

PROVIDENCE, RI – The UConn Huskies were eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament on Friday, falling to Villanova 4-1 in game one and 10-6 in game two to Creighton.

Game one:

Hallie Siems got the start in game one against Villanova. Siems pitched one inning and gave up three runs on just one hit with a strikeout. Payton Kinney would replace Siems in the second inning when the senior pitched one inning, gave up one run on one hit and recorded a strikeout.

Villanova started strong, scoring all four runs in the first two innings.

Meghan O’Neil replaced Kinney in the circle in the third inning. O’Neil then closed the game in the circle, keeping the Wildcat bats quiet as she pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with five strikeouts.

UConn scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning off the bat of the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Lexi Hastings as she hit an infield single, causing Kaitlyn Kibling scoring from third base.

The Huskies continued to fight, but could not get any important hits, as they left ten runners on base.

Game two:

Siems got the nod again in the nightcap against Creighton. She threw 3.0 innings and gave up five runs on three hits and four strikeouts.

UConn jumped out to an early lead in the first inning Hope Jenkins. The sophomore hit a three-run home run to left field, her eighth of the year, giving the Huskies an early 3-0 lead.

UConn extended its lead in the second inning as Rosie Garcia delivered a single to left field, scoring Hastings from second base.

Creighton took a 5–4 lead in the third inning with four runs off a grand slam by the Bluejays.

UConn responded immediately with two runs in the fourth inning to regain the lead, 6-5. Garcia came through again, this time with a double down the right field line, and scored Grace Jenkins from second base. Jan Sanden Garcia followed with a double to right center field, scoring Garcia from second and putting the Huskies ahead again.

Payton Kinney came in relief for Siems in the fourth inning. Kinney pitched 2.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Creighton tied the game at six in the fifth inning on a single. The Bluejays then scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and took the lead for good, 10-6.

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