SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Despite tallying six hits, the University of Connecticut softball team fell, 3-2, to Illinois-Chicago on Sunday in its finale at the SCU Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif. With the setback, the Huskies fall to 3-11 on the season, while the Flames improve to 6-7.
After Kayla Doty pitched just 0.1 innings, RHP Chelsea Eckert (0-7) took the ball for 6.0 innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Karissa Frazier (1-1) picked up the win for UIC after tossing 2.0 innings.
The Flames quickly took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when Skylee James lifted a sacrifice fly to get Lexi Watts in.
The Huskies responded in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1 after OF Alyson Ambler punched a single to right field and advanced to second on the throw, while Lexi Gifford scampered home on an error by the right fielder.
UIC tacked on another run in the third thanks to a RBI single to second base by Dana Capocci for a 2-1 edge.
The UConn defense worked its way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and carried the momentum into the top of the fifth. Ryne Nakama tallied her first extra-base hit of the season with a double down the left field line and Taylor Townsend followed up with a single to plate Nakama.
The Flames walked off with the victory in the seventh inning after Laura Swan notched the game-winning RBI single with two down.
Freshman Kelli Bates earned her second multi-hit game of the weekend, going 2-for-3 against the Flames.
The squad will get back on the road for the Gamecock Invitational, hosted by South Carolina on Mar. 4-6.