SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a pair on the second day of the SCU Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif. The Huskies lost in extras, 3-2, to Nevada-Reno in game one at the SCU Softball Field before falling 3-0 to tournament host Santa Clara in the evening.
Game One – vs. Nevada-Reno
RHP Kayla Doty (0-1) went the distance, throwing 7.1 innings in her second start of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The Huskies struck first, courtesy of freshman Kelli Bates’ first career double. The Husky outfielder nailed the shot down the left field line to drive in Lexi Gifford, who had gotten in scoring position after stealing second.
Nevada tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth after Kwynn Warner singled up the middle, scoring Aaliyah Gibson.
Both teams went three up, three down in the seventh to force extra innings. Bates once again delivered with the hot bat in the eighth with a single through the gap to push Ally Hernandez across for a 2-1 UConn lead.
The Wolf Pack walked off with the win in the bottom of the eighth after Jennifer Purcell roped a triple and Gibson singled up the middle to plate the two winning runs.
Game Two – at Santa Clara
Sophomore righty Chelsea Eckert (0-6) was charged with the loss after allowing all three of SCU’s runs in 4.0 innings of work.
The Broncos went ahead 1-0 in the third inning after a single through the right side by Casandra Padilla sent one in. The gap increased in the fourth with a double from Chiara Biagini and sacrifice fly by Amanda Delfino that ushered in two runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Huskies threatened in the seventh, starting with a single through the right side by Valerie Sadowl. After Hernandez came in as a pinch runner, Jacklyn Dubois singled up the middle but UConn couldn’t make it count.
Dubois delivered Connecticut’s only multiple-hit effort, going 2-for-3 at the dish.
The Huskies return to the diamond on Sunday, Feb. 28 for their final game of the tournament against Illinois-Chicago. First pitch against the Flames is set for 12 p.m. ET.
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