SAN DIEGO - The University of Connecticut softball team finished off play at the 2015 San Diego Classic II with a 2-1 setback to San Diego on Sunday at the Santee Sportsplex. The Huskies drop to 7-13 on the season, while the Toreros improve to 16-14.
Freshman righty Chelsea Eckert took the ball and tossed four excellent innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Lauren Duggan (5-6) took the loss in two innings of work, surrendering a single run on a pair of hits.
The squads traded runs in the first inning with Connecticut getting off to the quick start via an RBI double off the bat of senior captain Emily O'Donnell. San Diego responded in the home half of the inning, evening the score at one after Kailey Hill belted a solo shot.
The score remained tied until the fifth inning when San Diego scored the eventual game-winner with an RBI single from Chloe Kaneko.
The Huskies had scoring chance in the fourth inning, putting two on with two out but San Diego starter Paige von Specken worked out the jam, getting Taylor Townsend to fly out to center to end the threat.
Junior C Jacklyn Dubois picked up the Huskies' only other hit in the setback, singling to right to open the sixth.
Connecticut now owns a 12-16 all-time record when playing in the state of California.
The team will play its first midweek games of the season when it challenges San Diego on Tuesday, March 17 before facing Arizona in a neutral site game on Wednesday, March 17. Following the midweek contests, the team will play its final regular season tournament when it travels to Stockton, Calif. For the Louisville Slugger Invitational.