SAN DIEGO - Despite a pair of strong pitching performances, the University of Connecticut softball team fell twice on Saturday, March 14 on the second day of the 2015 San Diego Classic II, held at the Santee Complex in San Diego, Calif. The Huskies fell, 4-1, to BYU in game one before dropping a 5-4 contest to New Mexico St. in the nightcap. UConn moves to 7-12 on the season and will round out tournament action with a 3:30 p.m. ET tilt against San Diego on Sunday, March 15.
Game one - vs. BYU
Freshman RHP Eckert (0-4) toed the rubber for the second time this season but was tagged with the loss after allowing all four Cougar runs over 5.0 innings. The Branchville, N.J. native logged her 22nd strikeout in the setback. McKenna Bull, making her 19th start of the season, earned the win with a complete-game, five hit effort.
The Huskies got off to a quick start, grabbing a run in the first for the fifth time this season. Junior OF Heather Fyfe notched her fourth RBI of the season when she singled to right with two-on to score Alyssa Gardea. The score stayed 1-0 in favor of the Huskies until the top of the third when the Cougars picked up a pair of runs on two hits and a UConn error.
Connecticut threatened in the fourth, putting a pair on with two outs, but Bull settled down and induced an inning-ending popup to escape the jam.
BYU scored two insurance runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Mercedes O'Connor.
Junior SS Lexi Gifford reached base twice in the loss, singling to the shortstop and walking. The Natick, Mass. native also recorded her second steal in as many days with a second-inning theft.
Game two - vs. New Mexico St.
Lauren Duggan (5-5) got the nod in the nightcap, taking the loss in 3.1 innings of three-run ball. The senior righty allowed three runs on six hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Sophomore RHP Kayla Doty tossed 3.2 innings of two-run relief in the setback.
For the second-straight game, the Huskies got off to a fast start, striking twice in the bottom half of the first inning. Gardea got things started with a one out single and scored on senior 3B Emily O'Donnell's RBI triple. Alyson Ambler became the second Husky to notch 10 RBIs on the season when she recorded an RBI groundout to second.
The Aggies knotted things up in the top half of the second, stringing together three hits in the frame. New Mexico St. took its first lead of the game in the third when Staci Rodriguez launched her sixth home run of the season to push the Aggie edge to 3-2.
The Aggies responded again with a solo shot in the fifth to tie things up at four before scoring the deciding run in the seventh courtesy of an RBI single from Lacey Rother. The Huskies got the tying run on base in the seventh but were unable to capitalize and fell, 5-4.
The team rounds out action at its fourth regular-season tournament with a 3:30 p.m. ET tilt against San Diego.