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Softball Earns Second-Straight Split at Trojan Invitational

Emily O'Donnell collected three hits and a pair of RBI in UConn's 6-3 win over Evansville on Saturday.
Feb. 21, 2015

Box Score at Troy | Box Score vs. Evansville

TROY, Ala. - For the second consecutive day, the University of Connecticut softball team split a pair of games at the 2015 Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. The Huskies fell to Troy, 10-0, in five innings on Saturday morning before rebounding with a convincing 6-3 victory over Evansville in the nightcap. UConn now stands at 2-2 this season and will round out play at its first in-season tournament tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET against NIU.

Game One Recap - at Troy

Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert (0-1) got the nod on the hill and tossed 2.2 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks in her collegiate debut. Opposing Eckert was Jaycee Affeldlt, who picked up her third win of the season with five shutout innings.  



UConn threatened in the second, putting a pair of runners in scoring position with just one out after an Emily O'Donnell double but Affeldlt used a pop-up and ground out to work out of trouble and keep the game scoreless. The Trojans put two on the board in the home half of the frame, when Hannah Day singled up the middle with bases loaded, driving in a pair.

Troy added to its lead in the third, scratching across three runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Kate Benton. The Huskies connected for two hits in the fourth but were unable to score before the Trojans scored four runs in the fifth to win the game, 10-0.

Five different Huskies recorded a hit in the setback, including sophomore Dominique Pinto, who notched her second extra-base hit of the year with a fourth inning double.

Game Two Recap - vs. Evansville

Sophomore RHP Kayla Doty picked up her first win of the year with a 6.0 inning, three-run, three-walk and two strikeout performance. Lauren Duggan earned the save with a scoreless inning of relief.

Senior captain O'Donnell, who led all Huskies with 45 hits a year ago, put UConn on the board in the first inning, roping a double down the left field line to score Alyssa Gardea. The Husky third baseman delivered again in the third, sending a ball into the left centerfield gap, playing Nakama and giving the Huskies a 2-0 advantage.

Connecticut extended its lead in the fourth when Alyson Ambler and Lauren Tremblay drew one-out walks. Lexi Gifford reached on a fielder's choice and stole second before Taylor Townsend recorded her first RBI of the season when she deposited a single into left center field. The Huskies grabbed another run when Townsend stole second and drew a throw that allowed Gifford to scamper home safely.

The Huskies tacked on two more in the fifth when Lexi Gifford singled up the middle with the bases-loaded, scoring Jacklyn Dubois, who had extended her team-leading hit streak to four earlier in the inning, and O'Donnell.

Doty departed after the sixth when Duggan came in and worked around a single to seal the win, 6-3. Connecticut improved to 3-0 all-time against Evansville in a series that dates back to 2009.

The Huskies round out weekend play on Sunday with an 11 a.m. ET battle with NIU.