March 15, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The University of Connecticut softball team fell to Miami Ohio before dropping a heartbreaker to No. 12 Baylor on Saturday at the USF Spring Break Tournament. UConn (5-13) played with resilience against two difficult opponents. Alyson Ambler went 2-for-4 on the day and scored one of UConn's two runs on the day, while Jacklyn Dubois posted two doubles across the pair of games to lead the Huskies.
Miami (Oh.) 4, UConn 1
In a Saturday morning contest, the Huskies succumbed to a Miami Ohio squad that posted runs in three consecutive innings to take the 4-1 win and improve to 9-10 on the season.
The RedHawks broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the third inning with a leadoff batter Taylor Shuey reached base on a walk and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch. UConn pitcher Alyson Ambler came onto the mound to relieve Lauren Duggan and earn the last out of the inning, stranding a pair of runners on base to escape the jam.
Miami posted a one-two-three inning against the UConn offense in the bottom of the third and tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on two hits and a UConn fielding error.
Connecticut worked to build a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap but stranded Emily O'Donnell and Alyson Ambler on base. The RedHawks added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning to push the lead to 4-0.
A seventh inning rally fell short for the Huskies, who posted three hits and left the bases loaded with the tying winning run at home plate on the final out of the game. Ambler started the ball rolling with a leadoff single to left field. Sadowl followed suit with a single of her own to centerfield. A Jacklyn Dubois double to left field brought Ambler home from scoring position and advanced Sadowl to third. Lauren Tremblay pinch-hit for Lauren Duggan to work a walk for the bases loaded, but the Huskies were unable to close the gap.
Lauren Duggan took the loss to fall to 4-7 on the mound this season after 3.2 innings of action. Alyson Ambler provided the relief effort, allowing one run over the remaining 3.1 innings. Paige Myers took her fifth win of the season for Miami, while Megan Mattera closed the game for the RedHawks with her first save of the year.
#12 Baylor 2, UConn 1
The Huskies bounced back from the morning loss against Miami to play a hard fought game against No. 12 Baylor (21-4). Katelyn Callahan earned the start on the hill for Connecticut, holding the nationally ranked Lady Bears scoreless with only two hits through six innings.
Looking to take control of the game in the late going, UConn scored the first run of the game in the top of the seventh inning for the 1-0 lead over Baylor. Jacklyn Dubois began the effort with a double to left centerfield. An Alyssa Gardea sacrifice bunt brought Dubois to third base, which would prove crucial when Maddy Schiappa reached first base on a throwing error by the Lady Bears' shortstop to score Dubois. Taylor Townsend popped out to shortstop to end the inning.
UConn sought to ride the lead out in the bottom of the seventh but a potent Baylor offense came alive after the UConn run. Ari Hawkins, whose error at shortstop had allowed the Huskies to score, sought vengeance with a single to start the inning. A Baylor double advanced Hawkins to third base, after which a Clare Hosack single brought home the tying run. Connecticut was able to throw a runner out at home plate but could not find the last two outs before Sarah Smith delivered the walk-off single for the 2-1 Baylor win.
UConn wraps up play at the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament tomorrow morning when it takes on Green Bay at 11:15am. The Huskies will remain in Florida for seven more games after this weekend, as the squad heads to Florida Gulf Coast for a doubleheader on March 18, and a matchup at Florida Atlantic on March 20. On March 22, the Huskies will play their inaugural American Athletic Conference game against USF in Tampa, Fla.