AUBURN, Ala. – On the second day of the Wilson/DeMarini Tournament, the University of Connecticut softball team fell twice in a doubleheader against Texas State on Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala. The Cougars took game one, 7-1, before finishing off the sweep with a 9-0 five-inning win. The Huskies now stand at 4-5 in the 2015 season, while the Cougars move to 11-10.
Senior RHP Lauren Duggan (2-2) earned her start of the weekend in the morning’s first game and lasted 4.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and four walks in the loss. Randi Rupp earned the win in a complete-game 7.0 inning, one-run effort for the Cougars.
The Cougars manufactured a run in the second inning after putting two on with no one out. Bianca Prado laid down a sacrifice bunt and Kimberlin Naivar put Texas St. up, 1-0, with an RBI groundout to second base. Duggan was able to work out of further trouble by inducing an inning-ending groundout to shortstop.
The Huskies’ first threat came in the top of the fourth when Jacklyn Dubois extender her hitting streak to eight-straight with a ringing double to the gap in left center but the junior catcher was stranded at second after Rudd picked up back-to-back strikeouts to end the frame.
Texas State added two insurance runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a pair of hits, a walk and a wild pitch to push the score to 3-0.
Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert relieved Duggan in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and a runner on third and induced a fly out to limit the damage. The Cougars broke things open in the sixth, taking a 7-0 lead after Ariel Ortiz connected on a one-out grand slam to left field.
The Huskies got on the board in the seventh inning after Alyson Ambler led off the frame with her team-leading third home run of the year.
Sophomore Kayla Doty (2-2) went five innings for the Huskies in second game of the twin-billing, surrounding all nine Cougar runs. Rupp earned her second win of the afternoon for Texas State in five innings of work, allowing three hits and no earned runs.
Texas State kicked off the first inning by manufacturing three runs, highlighted by RBI singles from Kourtney Koroll and Lexi Fryar.
The Huskies threatened in the bottom half of the first inning when Emily O’Donnell roped a double to left field before Heather Fyfe and Jacklyn Dubois both earned walks to load the bases. The baserunners were left stranded when Rupp picked up her second strikeout of the frame to end the inning.
The Bobcats picked up two insurance runs in the second inning, taking advantage of a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice, and another in the fourth inning off of a Kendall Wiley single
Texas State broke things open in the fifth, with a three run home run to right field by Kelli Baker, extending its lead to 9-0 and closing it out in the home half of the fifth.
UConn is now 0-3 all-time against Texas St. in a series that dates back to 2003.
The Huskies round out the weekend with an 10:30 a.m. ET contest against Samford. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
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