Feb. 28, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - UConn softball earned its first win of the season with a resounding 10-2 (5) win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday afternoon before falling to No. 13 Texas A&M by a final score of 14-4 (5). The Huskies improve to 1-6 on the season with the results. A&M Corpus-Christi drops to 3-13 with the loss and the nationally-ranked Agies jump up to 13-4 with the victory over Connecticut.
UConn - 10, A&M Corpus Christi - 2 (5)
The UConn bats came alive in the Huskies' first game in Texas on Friday afternoon, pouring in 10 runs on nine hits to open the weekend. UConn defeated the A&M Corpus Christi Islanders by a final score of 10-2 in five innings, earning the club's first win of the season in decisive fashion.
Junior Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mas.) earned the start on the mound for the Huskies and opened with a pair of hitless innings to give Connecticut the opportunity for the early lead.
Leadoff hitter Emily O'Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) provided an immediate spark to the lineup. The junior cracked a single through the left side of the infield as the first UConn batter of the day. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.) advanced O'Donnell to second base, which set the stage for Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) to belt a single up the middle and score O'Donnell. With Ambler on first base, Lexi Gifford (Natick, Mass.) stepped up to the plate and worked a full count, earning a walk to place runners on first and second base with two outs. Senior Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) came up big with a clutch three-run homer to right field to put the Huskies up, 4-0, in the first inning. UConn would tack on another run in the bottom of the second inning on an Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) score and never looked back.
The Islanders answered with a pair of runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 5-2 when a single to left center scored two for A&M Corpus Christi, but the contest would come no closer than that, as Connecticut poured on five more runs in the third inning to put the game on ice.
The win earned Duggan her first in the on the hill for Connecticut, improving to 1-4 in the complete game victory. Constan Brandenburg took the loss for the Islanders, falling to 0-5 on the season. Audrey Grinnell lead the Huskies with four RBI's on a 2-for-3 afternoon from the plate. The senior also scored a pair of runs in the win. Alyson Ambler, Lexi Gifford and Alyssa Gardea also went 2-for-3 in a complete team effort.
No. 13 Texas A&M - 14, UConn - 4
The Huskies put forth a valiant effort against a difficult ranked opponent in Texas A&M. Connecticut finished with 11 hits, which marks a season-high for the Huskies.
The Agies jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on a big second inning against UConn starter Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.). The Huskies were able to hold Texas A&M to one run in the second inning before the team exploded for seven runs on seven hits in the third.
A fifth inning Connecticut rally fell short, as the Huskies tallied four runs to break onto the scoreboard. A Lexi Gifford singled down the left field line to score Taylor Townsend to get UConn on the board. Once again it was Audrey Grinnell stepping up for the Huskies as the senior belted her second home run of the day to score three runners. The UConn effort fell short but still showed solid offensive production.
Grinnell combined to go 2-for-6 with two homeruns and seven RBI's in UConn's pair of games on Friday.The senior will look to continue her hot streak tomorrow as the Huskies face both teams in rematch games in the same order. UConn faces A&M Corpus-Christi at 10am on Saturday morning before another showdown with Texas A&M at 5:15pm.
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