CHARLESTON, S.C. – On the final day of the College of Charleston Invitational, the University of Connecticut softball team split a pair after falling to Miami (OH), 10-1, to start the day but bounced back with a 9-1 victory over Eastern Michigan to close the tournament. UConn now stands at 10-18 this season.
Game One – vs. Miami (OH)
Sophomore RHP Chelsea Eckert (4-9) got the nod in the circle and tossed 1.2 innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Opposing Eckert was Amber Logemann, who picked up her seventh win of the season with five shutout innings.
The Redhawks manufactured six runs in the top of the second inning on three hits and a Husky error. Miami tallied two RBI singles and a triple to take an early 6-0 lead.
Miami added four insurance runs in the seventh, taking advantage of three hits and a second UConn error to push the score to 10-1.
Freshman RHP Jill Stockley relieved Eckert in the top of the second with two outs and a runner on third and induced a ground out to limit the damage.
Game Two – Eastern Michigan
Junior RHP Kayla Doty (2-1) tallied her second-straight win of the year with a complete-game, one-run, seven-hit, three-walk, three-strikeout performance. Nicolle Miranda (5-8) took the loss after 6.0 innings where she allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and five walks.
The Eagles got on the board first after a leadoff triple in the bottom of the first inning to put one on and Olivia Logan followed up with an RBI single for the 1-0 edge.
With two outs, Connecticut extended its advantage after Dominique Pinto blasted a two-run homer over the fence for her second long ball of weekend.
The Huskies went on a scoring barrage in the top of the seventh, starting with back-to-back singles from Lexi Gifford and Alyson Ambler. Once again, Pinto delivered with a single up the middle to score Gifford. Next up, Heather Fyfe walked to load the bases and a single up the middle from Dubois brought Ambler in.
After a pitching change for the Eagles, Hernandez singled to left field and Alyssa Gardea had fly-out to tack on two more runs. The Huskies tallied their last run after Gifford was hit by a pitch with the bags stacked to push Dubois across for the final 9-1 decision.
Connecticut improved to 3-0 all-time against Eastern Michigan.
The Huskies open American Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against Memphis on March 24-26.
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