BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a pair of games at the LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La. The Huskies fell to Ohio State, 7-1, on Saturday morning before being setback 13-2 (5) by No. 3 LSU in the nightcap. UConn now stands at 1-3 this season.
Game One Recap – vs. Ohio State
Sophomore RHP Chelsea Eckert (0-2) got the nod in the circle and tossed 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks in her second start of the season.
The Huskies first threat came in the third after Valerie Sadowl sent a single up the middle. Once Ally Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner, UConn earned back-to-back walks thanks to the patience of Ryne Nakama and Taylor Townsend to load the bases but the Huskies couldn’t convert.
A second loaded bases opportunity would prove fruitful for Connecticut. In the fourth, Dominique Pinto started the inning with a single through the middle to get on base. Lexi Gifford got the walk and Alyson Ambler reached on a fielding error by Anna Kirk at second to put three on the bags. Rookie Taylor Smith replaced Nakama in the lineup and showed a good eye, earning a bases loaded walk to score Pinto.
Five Huskies notched a hit, including Smith who connected for her first extra-base hit of her career with a sixth inning double.
Game Two Recap – at LSU
Freshman righty Jill Stockley (1-1) got her second starting nod and took the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on two hits with a pair of strikeouts over 2.1 innings of work. Baylee Corbello (1-0) tossed a complete game of two-run ball for LSU.
The Tigers jumped on the board first, with all 13 of their runs coming in the third inning. The scoring barrage was highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Sahvanna Jaquish to conclude the tally.
UConn responded in the top of the fourth, scoring its first run of the game after Jacklyn Dubois crushed a solo home run over the left field wall. In the fifth, Taylor Townsend singled down the line and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Dubois joined her on the bases after notching a single of her own. With two outs, Alyssa Gardea singled to the shortstop to score Townsend.
The Huskies will round out play at its first tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET with a rematch against North Florida.