Koller Homers to Tie Record as Wildcats Split with UConn
April 9, 2005
STORRS, Conn. - Senior Kari Koller (Rocklin, Calif.) tied the school record for career home runs (22) when she blasted her fourth of the season over the right field fence, good for two runs on Saturday afternoon at the UConn Softball Field, where Villanova went on to win the first game of a double header, 5-1. The Wildcats then lost the second game, 4-0, bringing their record to 23-15, 1-3 Big East. The Huskies move to 10-17 overall and 2-6 in the BIG EAST following the twinbill.
UConn's loss in the opener was aided by four errors by the Huskies' defense that led to four unearned runs for Villanova.
Koller's homer batted in senior Sarah Wall (Hollywood, Fla.), who had reached on an error by the Huskies' short stop, Mandy Schettini.
UConn cut the margin to 2-1 when Jessica Quan scored on a two-out double by Suzy de Bary which landed just out of the reach of Villanova right fielder Allie Wisniewski (Smithtown, N.Y.).
Wisniewski put the game away for the Wildcats with a three-run blast in the top of the sixth, her team-leading fifth of the season. She brought in senior Krissy Yauch (Tucson, Ariz), who drew a walk, and sophomore Cassie Koenig (Las Vegas, Nev.) who reached base on another defensive miscue from Connecticut.
Jessica Gurney (Williamstown, Mass.) tossed seven innings while allowing just one earned run (four unearned) and striking out 10 en route to the loss.
Shannon Williams scattered four hits and allowed one run to earn the win for the Wildcats.
UConn starting pitcher Michelle Caouette (Wyantskill, N.Y.) tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout in the game two win while striking out six.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage in game two with a three-run second inning which was sparked by a two-out, two RBI double by senior Jen Ward (Gales Ferry, Conn.). Stephanie DiBiase (Hamilton, N.J.) drove in UConn's initial run in the three-run second with an RBI single that scored Allie Gendron (Noblesville, Ind.), who opened the frame with a leadoff walk.
Ashleigh Campen (Rougemont, N.C.) accounted for UConn's final run in the 4-0 game two win with an RBI triple in the sixth.
Villanova starting pitcher Kristen Haynes (Fairfax, Calif.) was saddled with the loss for the Wildcats after allowing three runs and three hits over 1.2 innings pitched.
Freshman Kat Walsh (Los Angeles, Calif.) took over in the bottom of the second, pitched 4.1 innings and allowed just three hits while striking out two.
Villanova will return to action on Sunday, April 10, at Providence College for a double header with the Friars.