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Softball Drops Pair of Games In Second Day of Lead-Off Classic

Emily O'Donnell

Feb. 22, 2014

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Connecticut softball team fell to DePaul and the College of Charleston on Saturday at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Clearwater, Fla. The Huskies drop to 0-3 on the season and will face Illinois State on Sunday morning at 11am.

In a game resumed from yesterday’s rain delay, the Huskies fell to DePaul by a final score of 8-0 in five innings. DePaul used a four-run first inning and a three-run third inning to put the game on ice.

Freshman Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) earned her second start against of the season against DePaul but allowed six earned runs including a pair of homers in the first inning before being relieved by Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.), who pitched a pair of innings before Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) closed out the final two outs of the game.

Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and Valerie Sadowl  (Horsham, Pa.) recorded UConn’s only hits against DePaul, with O’Donnell singling in the fourth inning and stealing second base but being stranded. Sadowl blasted a double to left centerfield in the fifth inning to try and rally the Huskies but could not be brought home.

Against the College of Charleston, the Huskies could not muster a run against the Cougars, despite hits by Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) , O’Donnell and Sadowl.

Duggan earned the start on the hill for the Huskies, holding the College of Charleston scoreless through the third inning, when a sacrifice fly brought home Carly Corthell, who had singled to reach base earlier in the inning. The Cougars used a big fourth inning to extend their lead, recording four hits and scoring four runs to charge ahead to 5-0 on the scoreboard. UConn worked to close the gap in the sixth inning, as Lexi Gifford cracked a two-out single to get on base and Emily O’Donnell reached on a fielder’s choice with an erratic throw that enabled Gifford to advance to second. Both runners were stranded on base in the fifth.