March 18, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) accounted for UConn’s lone run of the day as the Huskies (5-16) fell to Florida Gulf Coast (19-11-1) in a pair of evening games on Tuesday in Florida. Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) led the Huskies on the day, batting an impressive .600 with three hits in five at-bats.
In the first game of the series, FGCU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run homer by Chelsea Zgrabik. Another run by the Eagles in the fourth inning increased the lead to 3-0. The Huskies responded in the fifth inning in an effort to knot the score. Gardea lead-off the UConn lineup with a triple to right field. An error by the Eagles’ left fielder allowed Gardea to score and Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.) to reach base. Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) beat out a grounder to short for an infield single to advance second, but the Huskies would get no closer.
Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.) took the loss after allowing two runs in the first inning. Lauren Duggan threw 5.2 innings for Connecticut, allowing just four hits and one run over the remainder of the game. On the hill for Florida Gulf Coast, Taylor Wade earned the win to bring her record to 3-3. Amanda Josie took the save for the Eagles.
In game two, Florida Gulf Coast used 10 hits to best the Huskies with seven runs. Amanda Josie and Shelby Morgan combined to pitch the shutout for Florida Gulf Coast, with Josie earning the win. Florida Gulf Coast erupted for five runs on five hits in the second inning to sink UConn.
Connecticut returns to the diamond for a Thursday night game against Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton on March 20. The game will be the Huskies’ final contest before opening conference play at USF on Saturday, March 22 in Tampa.