CHARLESTON, S.C. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the College of Charleston in its opener of the CofC Invitational on Thursday, March 17. The Huskies are now 7-17 on the season, while the Cougars move to 16-10 overall.
Freshman RHP Jill Stockley (3-8) was charged with the loss after 3.0 innings of relief work in which she allowed four hits and two runs, both unearned. Charleston’s Samantha Martin (10-4) picked up the win behind a complete-game with five hits and two runs.
The Huskies struck first in the top of the third after Jacklyn Dubois beat the throw at first to record a single and Alyssa Gardea laid down the sacrifice bunt to move her over to second. Kelli Bates crushed her first career triple to left field to plate Dubois and put UConn up 1-0. Next up, Lexi Gifford singled through the left side and Bates made the dash from third to score as the Huskies took a 2-0 lead.
Charleston cut UConn’s lead in half, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth with a bases loaded RBI single from Katie Padilla with no one out. Taylor Townsend and Gifford each made throws home to help end the frame and limit the damage.
Both teams struggled in the subsequent innings to get their offense on the right track, trading three up, three down frames.
The Cougars made up the difference in the home half of the seventh to knot the game at 2-2 after an error by Sadowl allowed an unearned run to come in. Charleston kept up its attack as two players stole bases to get into scoring position and Rebecca Mueller singled to stack the bags with no one out.
Taylor DuPree scored the game-winning run on a bases loaded wild pitch for the Cougars’ 3-2 victory.
Bates and Gifford each went 1-for-3 in the matchup.
The Huskies have a quick turnaround as they continue tournament play against Brown at 11 a.m. and Central Connecticut at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 18.
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