Local roundup: UConn, UCLA women to meet at Mohegan Sun
Mohegan - Defending national champion UConn will play UCLA in the Hall of Fame Women's Basketball Holiday Showcase on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The game will tip at 5 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPN2. Tickets for the game will go on sale Sept. 15, although an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for UConn fans will be available starting Friday, Aug. 8. Tickets will be available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
The two programs have met only twice with the Huskies winning both times, 113-102 in Los Angeles in 1998 and 106-64 at home in 1999.
"I am thrilled to be competing in an event sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for the second straight season," said UConn coach Geno Auriemma, a member of the Hall. "Mohegan Sun Arena is a fun place to play and I am happy that our fans in southeastern Connecticut have this opportunity to come watch us play in their backyard."
• Mike Quinn, a former star at Montville High School, was named director of men's basketball operations at Division I Fordham University.
Quinn spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach Division II Stonehill College, which made the NCAA tournament twice, including a trip to the Division II Final Four in 2012.
After graduating from Montville, Quinn went on to a become a four-year starter at Division II Bentley, scoring 1,062 career points and helping Bentley to a four-year record of 110-23, including 34-1 in 2007-08 when Bentley reached the Division II national semifinals.
• Jimmy Davitt allowed only one run over seven innings as the New Bedford Bay Sox handed the Mystic Schooners their fourth straight loss, 5-1. Aaron Hill, Keith Klebert and Steve Laurino had two hits apiece for the Schooners, who end the regular season tonight at the Danbury Westerners.
• The Connecticut Tigers ran their win streak to five with a 5-1 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters. Fernando Perez (4-2) allowed one run on three hits over seven innings for the Tigers (26-22), while Tim Remes hit a two-run homer and Joey Pankake added a solo blast.
New England Babe Ruth (15)
• Waterford begins play in the New England Babe Ruth baseball 15-year-old tournament today against Pittsfield (Mass.) at 4 p.m. in Manchester, N.H. The District 6 and Connecticut state champion, Waterford is part of the eight-team double-elimination field which is scheduled to crown its champion on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Eastern Regional LL (9-10)
• Mystic begins play in the Eastern Regional Little League baseball 9-10 year-old tournament today against Scarborough (Maine) at 1 p.m. in Cranston, R.I. The District 10 and Connecticut state champion, Mystic will also play Concord (N.H.), Braintree (Mass.) and Essex Junction (Vt.) as part of the New England pool. The New England championship is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 8, with the winner playing the Mid-Atlantic winner for the Eastern Regional title on Saturday, Aug. 9.
Sutera tournament (9-10)
• East Lyme defeated New London 3-2 to capture the Gene Sutera tournament 9-10 division championship. Owen Elmer pitched a complete game, while Ryan Wei hit a double and scored a run. Kenny Miller, Kyle Egan and Anthony Martinez had two hits apiece for New London.
Sutera tournament (11-12)
• Zach Southard was the winning pitcher and had two hits as Montville beat Mystic 5-3 in the championship round to force a deciding game for the title today. Nick Bonner struck out the final two batters with the tying runs on base to pick up the save. Nick Calash and Ryan Champagne added RBI singles for Montville while Giovanni Valentine had three hits and Andrew Kerst and Aidan Sullivan each had two hits for Mystic.
Potvin tourney (17-under)
• Tanner Kern hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and David Kennedy and Evan LaChance combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Connecticut Crush blanked Niantic Legion 10-0 to advance to the winners' bracket final. Jeremy Sagan added two hits and two RBI for the Crush.
• Dan Bradley had a pair of hits and Ken Olszewski drove in three runs to lead the Panera Pirates to a 9-1 victory over Northeast Nine at Dickenman Field in Norwich on Thursday. Eric Somers was the winning pitcher while Andrew Crouch had a triple and Dan Pierce a double for Northeast Nine.
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