BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Connecticut softball team kicked off play in the FAU “Strike Out” Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. against Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic on Friday at the FAU Softball Stadium. The Huskies fell to the Lady Rattlers, 2-1, in the first outing and dropped their nightcap to Owls, 3-1, in eight innings. UConn now stands at 2-5 in 2016.
Game One – vs. FAMU
In the 15th all-time meeting between the two programs, freshman RHP Jill Stockley (2-2) was charged with the loss after allowing six hits and two runs after tossing 6.0 innings. FAMU’s Kenya Pereira picked up her third win of the season with a 7.0 inning, four-hit, one-run performance.
Junior Taylor Townsend started the fifth inning with an extra-base hit to left center and advanced to third on the next play after the sac bunt from senior Lexi Gifford. With one in scoring position, senior Jacklyn Dubois singled to first base on a bunt, allowing Townsend to make the dash home to put the Huskies ahead, 1-0.
With two outs and two runners in scoring position, the Lady Rattlers posted their only runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth after a throwing error to third by the Huskies.
UConn tried to get on base in the seventh but couldn’t get a good swing going with three quick outs to end the game.
Game Two – at FAU
Sophomore righty Chelsea Eckert (0-3) got the nod in the Huskies’ nightcap and took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with sixth strikeouts over 8.1 innings of work. Amanda Wilson (3-0) notched the win with 6.0 innings, 4 hits and a run.
The Huskies found themselves in a hole early after FAU scored the game’s first run in the fourth. Carnesha Thompson delivered a solo home run to start the inning and give the Owls a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, Gifford slapped a double to left field. Next up at the dish, Dubois laid down the sac bunt to get her teammate over to third. Senior Alyssa Gardea headed to the plate and executed the sac fly to center field to score Gifford and tie the game at 1-1.
Neither team could make much happen offensively in the seventh, thus forcing extra innings.
With two outs and two runners on the corners in the top of the eighth, Emily Lochten singled to center field to put two more runs on the board and ultimately win the game for the Owls.
The Huskies will return to the diamond for the tournament’s second day of action starting with an 11 a.m. tilt with Northern Illinois. UConn will wrap up its time in Florida against FAMU at 1:15 p.m.
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