CHARLESTON, S.C. – On its second day of the College of Charleston Invitational, the University of Connecticut softball team came away with a pair of shutout victories after topping Brown, 7-0, to kick things off and downing in-state rival Central Connecticut, 5-0, to close out the day. With the wins, the Huskies improve to 9-17.
Game One – vs. Brown
Junior righty Kayla Doty (1-1) shined with a stellar complete-game shutout to earn her first win of the season as she took down the Bears in order in four frames. She limited the squad to a pair of hits and delivered three strikeouts. Katie Orona (3-2) picked up the loss for Brown after tossing 3.2 innings, where she gave up five runs and seven hits.
Although the Huskies didn’t record a hit in the bottom of the first, they were able to take an early 2-0 lead when after stacking the bases, Valerie Sadowl was hit by a pitch and Jacklyn Dubois walked to plate a pair of runs.
Brown threatened in the top of the third after recording the first hit of the game and putting runners on the corners. Doty got one to swing and miss for the final out of the inning to keep the Bears off the board.
UConn added a run in the third after Dubois singled to third base and Alyson Ambler sprinted home from second on a throwing error from the third baseman for a 3-0 edge.
The Huskies broke the game open in the home half of the fourth with four runs and four hits. Dominique Pinto started things off as she hit her sixth double of the season to bring Heather Fyfe and Ambler home. Dubois followed up with a double of her own through the left side to score Pinto. Next up, Ally Hernandez drove in an RBI single to the left side to plate Dubois and give UConn a commanding 7-0 lead.
Dubois and Hernandez each went 2-for-3 on the day, while Pinto and Dubois both tallied a double and two RBIs.
Game Two – vs. CCSU
Rookie RHP Jill Stockley (4-8) had an impressive complete-game showing after coming up with six strikeouts and allowing six hits and no runs for the Huskies’ second shutout of the day. Emily Sargent (4-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up 10 hits and five runs in 7.0 innings of work.
Lexi Gifford got the ball rolling for the Huskies in the opening frame with her second home run of the season for a 1-0 edge.
In the third, Ally Hernandez singled to third base and advanced to second after Alyssa Gardea laid down the sacrifice bunt. Next at the plate, Taylor Townsend roped a double and both runners stood in scoring position. Gifford reached on a fielder’s choice and managed to bring Hernandez in before the final out was recorded and UConn went up 2-0.
The Blue Devils threatened in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases on two singles and an error. The Husky defense stepped up and recorded the fly out to send the squad back into the dugout.
Hernandez walked and Townsend singled to put two on for UConn in the fifth. After coming in to pinch hit for Kelli Bates, Dominique Pinto demolished a three-run homer, her first home run of the season, putting the Huskies up 5-0.
Jacklyn Dubois was a perfect 3-for-3 in the outing, while Pinto delivered in her only at bat with a three-run homer.
Gifford and Pinto both hit one out of the park and combined to bring in all five of the Huskies’ runs.
UConn has recorded eight home runs over the last eight games.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, March 19 to close out the tournament. The first pitch against Miami (OH) is scheduled for 10 a.m. and UConn will end the day on a noon matchup with Eastern Michigan.