March 2, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ole Miss firepower was too much for UConn softball on Saturday morning where the Huskies dropped a 7-3 decision at the UCF Spring Fling after being outhit 15-5 by the Rebels. Connecticut falls to 6-6 overall, while the Rebels now boast a 15-9 mark.
The Rebels jumped on the scoreboard quickly taking a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning when they registered four hits against UConn’s losing pitcher Alyson Ambler (1-2). On the day, Ambler allowed six earned runs on 15 hits, while Madi Osias earned the win after 5.1 innings and holding the Huskies to five hits.
Following the opening three runs by Ole Miss, the Connecticut defense did not allow any runs in the next five innings despite 11 Ole Miss hits as the Rebels stranded 11 on base in the game.
UConn strung together three runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the final inning. The Huskies were held hitless until senior Kim Silva doubled down the left field line in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Ambler. Connecticut notched four hits in the sixth with senior leader Marissa Guches once again stepping up for the Huskies as she recorded a RBI double to left center scoring Andrea Huelsenbeck and Emily O’Donnell. Guches leads the Huskies with eight RBI and five doubles.
The Huskies’ late rally was halted in the seventh when the Rebels capitalized on four hits to add four runs to their total and confirm a 7-3 victory.
The Huskies will continue the Spring Fling with a 4 p.m. contest against the hosting Knights.