Feb. 22, 2013
BOCA RATON, FLA. -
The Providence College softball team opened its season on Fri., Feb. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. at the Florida Atlantic “Strike-Out Cancer” Tournament. The team started the weekend with a win against Northern Illinois (13-7) and a loss to North Florida (2-1).
Providence won its first game against Northern Illinois, 13-7. The Friars got off to an impressive start, scoring five runs in the first inning, and closed the game with five runs in the seventh inning. The Huskies scored all of their runs late in the game, but were unable to overcome the deficit. Sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) went 3-for-3 with a homerun and five RBI. Senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and recording four strikeouts.
In the Friars’ second game of the day, they were defeated by North Florida, 2-1. Sophomore Juliana Thibodeau (Cohoes, N.Y.) scored the Friars' only run as a pinch runner in the second inning. Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) had a strong first appearance in a Friar uniform as she pitched all seven innings and struck out two batters. Sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) led the Friars and finished 3-for-3 at the plate.
On Sat., Feb. 23, the Friars take on BIG EAST foe Connecticut and tournament host Florida Atlantic.
In their last game against the Huskies, the Friars split a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader at Connecticut. The Friars won the first game, 4-3, and dropped the second, 10-0, in Storrs, Conn. on April 27, 2011.
Connecticut started this season 2-2, including wins over Binghamton and Morehead State at the Florida International Tournament last weekend. Junior Maddy Schiappa leads UConn with a .643 batting average over the Huskies first four games coming into the tournament.
The last time Providence and Florida Atlantic met, the Friars defeated the Owls, 9-0, in five innings at the FAU Embassy Suites Classic on March 11, 2012. Current senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched five shutout innings and the Friars erupted for six runs in the fourth inning en route to the 9-0 triumph.
After participating in the USF-Wilson DeMarini Opening Day Tournament on Feb. 8-10, and the FAU Kick-Off Classic last weekend, Feb. 16-17, the Owls registered a 3-6 record.
On Sun., Feb. 24, the Friars will play their final game of the tournament against Towson.
The Friars will compete in three additional tournaments before their first home series of the season versus the Yale Bulldogs. The Friars will host the Bulldogs on Wed., March 20, in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m at Raymond Field located on the Providence College campus.