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Softball Cruises Past Evansville, Falls to UMKC on Saturday at Mizuno Classic

Emily O'Donnell notched five hits throughout the day on Saturday, including a two-run home run.
March 7, 2015

Box Score vs. Evansville |Box Score vs. UMKC

STILLWATER, Okla. - For the second-straight day, the University of Connecticut softball team split at pair of games at the Mizuno Classic in Stillwater, Okla. The Huskies topped Evansville, 10-5, in game one at Cowgirl Stadium before falling to UMKC, 9-2, in the nightcap. Connecticut moves to 6-8 and will play Evansville on Sunday, March 8 in the tournament consolation game at 10 a.m. ET.

Game One - vs. Evansville

For the second time this weekend, senior RHP Lauren Duggan (4-3) took the ball and earned a win, tossing 4.0 innings of five-run ball. Freshman righty Chelsea Eckert was credited with her first career save in relief, tossing three strong innings of scoreless ball with three hits allowed.

The Purple Aces got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the first inning, highlighted by a double from Chandra Parr. The Huskies answered back with four runs of their own in the home half of the first, taking their first lead of the afternoon. Taylor Townsend opened the frame up with a walk and advanced to second on ringing single off the bat off Emily O'Donnell. A Jacklyn Dubois single loaded the bases before the Huskies grabbed a run on a throwing error and took the lead courtesy of a two-run double from Dominique Pinto to left center. Alyson Ambler lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Duggan.



The Huskies put up three more in the second behind two hits and a pair of Evansville errors. Duggan collected two RBIs with the big blow when she singled into right center to bring in O'Donnell and Townsend.

The Huskies tacked on another run in the third inning when O'Donnell singled to the shortstop, scoring Gifford and extending the Connecticut advantage to 8-2.

The Purple Aces clawed back, scoring two in the fourth and picking up a run in the fifth. Freshman righty Chelsea Eckert took in relief for Duggan in the fifth and worked out of a two-on, no out jam.

O'Donnell notched her second homer in as many days in the fifth when she ripped an 0-1 pitch over the center field bench to pick up a pair RBIs. Eckert finished off her three-inning outing with scoreless seventh to secure the Husky win.

The Huskies now stand at 3-0 all-time against Evansville.

With the win, the Huskies secured the tournament's No. 1 seed and earned the right to play the No. 4 seed UMKC in the 1 vs. 4 game at 8 p.m.

Game Two - vs. UMKC

The `Roos put two on the board in the contest's first frame courtesy of a two-run homer off the bat of Katie Kelley. The Huskies cut the deficit to one in the home half of the first when Dubois picked up an RBI on bases-loaded groundout to shortstop.

UMKC scored four times in the third, taking advantage of three hits and a Husky error. Connecticut cut into the UMKC lead in the fourth when O'Donnell lifted a bases-loaded fly ball to deep center that scored Alyssa Gardea.

The `Roos added two in the seventh and were able to close out the game, 9-2, despite the Huskies threatening in their last at-bat.

Townsend and Heather Fyfe each recorded multi-hit games in the setback.

Kelley earned the complete-game win, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. Lauren Duggan (4-3) took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) in 3.0 innings of work.

The Huskies round out the weekend with a tilt against Evansville in the tournament's consolation game set to begin at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 8.