— UConn Softball (@UConnSoftball) March 18, 2015
SAN DIEGO - The University of Connecticut softball team pounded out a season-high 14 hits on its way to a convincing 11-4 win over San Diego State on Tuesday night at SDSU Softball Stadium in San Diego, Calif. With the victory, the Huskies improve to 8-13, while the Aztecs drop to 17-11.
The 11-run effort marked the most runs the Huskies have scored in a single game since April 14, 2014 (12 vs. Hartford). Additionally, five different Husky players recorded multi-hit games in the win.
Senior righty Lauren Duggan (6-6) took the ball for her team-leading ninth start of the season and picked up the win, tossing four innings and allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert shined in relief, finishing off the game with three scoreless innings on her way to her second save of the year.
Connecticut wasted no time establishing a lead in the top of the first, scoring a season-high eight runs in the game's opening frame. Junior SS Lexi Gifford and senior 3B Emily O'Donnell opened the inning with singles and advanced when C Jacklyn Dubois reached on an error by the shortstop. Junior OF Alyson Ambler stepped to the dish and blasted her team-leading fourth home run of the season, giving the team a 4-0 lead. After Alyssa Gardea doubled and Ryne Nakama reached on an error, Dominique Pinto ripped a double into the left centerfield gap to push the lead to 6-0.
A hit-by-pitch and two singles gave Dubois an opportunity with two-outs and the Husky catcher responded with a ringing single up the middle.
The Huskies reached double-figures in their second at-bat, taking a 10-0 lead after Dominique Pinto blasted a two-run shot to left field.
The Aztecs got on the board in the home half of the third, grabbing a pair of runs highlighted by a solo homer off the bat of outfielder Kayla Jordan. San Diego St. scored twice more in the fifth, chasing Duggan from the game but Eckert was able to limit the damage, retiring three-straight Aztec hitters to end the frame.
Alaina Montgomery became the eighth different player to record a hit when she singled to second base in the sixth. Ambler, who advanced to third on the play, scampered home after a throwing error was committed by the second baseman.
UConn has outscored its opponents, 21-13, in the first inning and is 5-4 when putting at least one run on the board in the game's opening frame.
The Huskies continue midweek action on Wednesday, March 18 when they take on Arizona at SDSU Softball Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.