Chicago, Illinois- UConn defeats DePaul 6-2 to advance to the BIG EAST Championship game tomorrow.

Meghan O’Neil started in the circle for the Huskies. She went the distance in seven good innings, giving up just two runs and striking out three.

UConn put up a twisted number in the first inning by scoring its six runs and sending 12 batters home. Jana Sanden it started with a single down the middle to score Reese Guevarra. Olivia Sappington and Sami Barnett worked bases loaded walks to tackle two tracks. Erika Coreth joined the party with a bag volley down the middle to score Rosie Garcia. The first batter Briana Marcelino returned to the flat in the first inning working another goal-laden walk for the Huskies to make it 5-0. Guevarra made it six with a shot on third base, moving all runners up one base and scoring Barnett.

In the third run, Marcelino broke another program record, reaching 50and double in his career breaking Andrea D’Innocenzo’s previous record of 49 career doubles. D’Innocenzo has held this record for 27 years. She also broke the career total bases record that had previously been set by Janna Venice with 366. Venice held the record for nearly 30 years.

DePaul got on the board in the third inning by scoring two runs, putting the Huskies up 6-2. O’Neil did a great job closing the Blue Demon lineup after that, giving up just one hit after the third inning.

UConn will face Villanova in a rematch of last year’s BIG EAST Championship game. The Huskies will need to win two games to win the title. Both games will be released on FS2.

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