MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Coastal Carolina on the road on Tuesday, March 15. The Huskies fall to 7-16 and will turn their attention to its five-game series at the College of Charleston Tourney, while the Chanticleers improve to 12-13.
RHP Chelsea Eckert (4-8) was tagged with the loss after tossing a complete-game in which she allowed eight hits and four runs to go along with five strikeouts. Coastal Carolina’s Kelsey Dominik (7-7) also had eight hits in 7.0 innings of work but only let in two runs for the victory.
UConn put one on early in the top of the first as Taylor Townsend became the first base runner of the game after getting hit by a pitch and Kelli Bates laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her over to second. Alyson Ambler extended her hitting streak to eight games after roping a double to left center to bring Townsend in and give the Huskies a 1-0 edge.
In the home half, the Chanticleers’ Morgan Noad flipped the script with a two-run home run over the center field wall for 2-1 lead. Coastal Carolina carried its momentum into the second, tallying on an RBI single to bump its advantage to 3-1.
The Huskies threatened as Jacklyn Dubois walked to start the fourth, followed by singles from Valerie Sadowl and Alyssa Gardea to load the bases. Townsend took a swing but hit into a double play to retire the side.
Both teams struggled to get their offense going after putting early tallies on the scoreboard but the Chanticleers managed to tack on another run after Kailey Mellen powered a home run to right field.
In the top of the seventh with two outs, Kate Sims gave the Huskies hope for a rally after she launched her first career home run over the fence to pull the team within a pair, 4-2, but the game would end on a ground out.
In the setback, Ambler, Sadowl and Heather Fyfe each went 2-for-3 on the day. Ambler also earned her team-leading fifth multiple-hit game of the season.
The Huskies have put up six home runs in the last five games.
UConn will head to Charleston, S.C. for the College of Charleston Tourney on March 17-19 for a five-game set.