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March 6, 2015
STILLWATER, Okla. - The University of Connecticut softball team opened play the 2015 Mizuno Classic with a split against Oklahoma State and UMKC on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The Huskies topped OKSU, 8-2, in the opener before falling to the `Roos, 10-7, in the nightcap. UConn moves to 5-7 on the season and will resume play with a pair of games on Saturday, March 7.
Game One - at Oklahoma State
Senior RHP Lauren Duggan (3-3) fired a complete game gem, allowing just two runs (zero earned) on five hits to go along with a pair of walks and three strikeouts en route to her third victory of the season. The Huskies roughed up OKSU's Maegan Lively (2-5) in 4.0 innings of work, scoring all eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and six walks.
For the fourth time this season, UConn jumped on the board first, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the third. Senior captain Emily O'Donnell tripled to open the inning and scored moments later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jacklyn Dubois. After Dominique Pinto reached base via a hit-by-pitch, Duggan helped her own cause with a two-run shot to left field. For Duggan, it marked her first career home run in 51 games.
The team tacked on a run in the fourth after Taylor Townsend walked to open the inning and advanced to second following a groundout from Ryne Nakama. With two down, Dubois stepped into the box and roped a single into center, plating Townsend and extending the Husky advantage to 4-0.
The Cowgirls struck back in the home half of the fourth, capitalizing on a two-out Husky error to push across their first run of the contest. The Huskies answered in the fifth, breaking the game open with a four-run frame. Alyssa Gardea delivered the big blow with the bases loaded, smacking her third career triple into the right center right gap to pick up three RBI.
OKSU scratched across one run in the bottom of the seventh but Duggan settled down and limited the damage to seal the 8-2 victory.
Duggan and Gardea each picked up multi-hit games in the win, while the squad matched its season-high in runs (8).
Game Two - vs. UMKC
Kayla Doty (2-3) took the loss in the second game, lasting 2.2 inning and surrendering five runs on six hits with two walks. Cinda Rasmos picked up the win for the `Roos with a 6.0 inning, seven-run effort. Katie Kelley notched a save with a clean inning of work.
Caitlin Christopher got the scoring started for the `Roos in the second inning, blasting a solo shot to left center. The Huskies responded quickly in the top of the third, putting four runs on the board. Lexi Gifford and Gardea singled to open the frame and came around to score after a double by Townsend and a sac fly from Heather Fyfe. Dubois continued her stellar series with a two-run single through the left side to give the Huskies a 4-1 lead.
UMKC reclaimed the lead in the third, grabbing four runs on five hits and chasing Doty from the game after 2.2 innings. Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert came on in relief and worked out of further trouble to keep the score 5-4 in favor of UMKC.
The `Roos added a run with an RBI groundout in the fourth to push their lead to 6-4 and tallied three more in the fifth after opening the inning with three-straight hits.
Gifford notched her fourth RBI of the season in the sixth inning when she crushed a double to center, scoring Alyson Ambler. Townsend drew the Huskies within three with run-scoring single to right center.
O'Donnell became the sixth Husky this season to record a homer when she led off the seventh with a solo shot to left.
The team continues tournament play with an 12 p.m. ET tilt against Evansville on Saturday morning. Following the game, seeding will be determined for the championship and consolation games.