BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Connecticut softball team ended its time at the FAU “Strike Out” Cancer Tournament on Saturday after splitting a pair of games. The Huskies defeated Northern Illinois, 3-0, to start the day but dropped its rematch against Florida A&M, 2-1, to close out the tournament. UConn is now 3-6 overall on the season.
Game One – vs. NIU
Jill Stockley (3-2) got her third win of the year with a complete-game gem, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. The freshman RHP kept NIU scoreless to go along with five strikeouts. Tara Thacker took the loss after surrendering all three Husky runs in 6.0 innings of work.
Senior Valerie Sadowl got the ball rolling for the Huskies, roping a double down right field in the third. Freshman Ally Hernandez came in as a pinch runner for Sadowl and junior Taylor Townsend laid down the sac bunt to advance the rookie to third. Next up, senior Lexi Gifford sent up a sac fly to left field to score Hernandez and put UConn ahead, 1-0.
Connecticut opened up the game in the sixth, starting with Gifford earning a walk and senior Alyssa Gardea getting hit by a pitch. With two on, senior Jacklyn Dubois drilled a single and reached on a fielder’s choice, helping Gifford cross home safely.
Keeping the momentum going, junior Dominique Pinto loaded the bags with a single to the pitcher. Right behind her, senior Alyson Ambler lifted a sac fly to send Gardea for the score, giving the Huskies its decisive 3-0 lead.
Sadowl paced the Huskies with two hits while three different players picked up an RBI in the outing.
Game Two – vs. FAMU
In the second outing with the Lady Rattlers at the tournament, sophomore RHP Chelsea Eckert (0-4) was tabbed for the loss after pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
FAMU scored the first run of the game in the fifth, courtesy of a single by Taylor Rosier that scored Nachelle Watson. Jessica Nathan followed up with single through the right side to bring Rosier in for a 2-0 edge.
The Huskies fought back in the seventh with one on the bags and two outs. Townsend stepped up to bat and ripped a double to right center to send Sadowl sprinting home for UConn’s only run of the game.
Connecticut had five hits in the contest, with Sadowl and Gardea connecting on two apiece.
The Huskies will resume action when they head to the west coast for the Santa Clara Tourney on Feb. 26-28.
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