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Eckert, O'Donnell Lead UConn Past Grand Canyon, 5-3

Emily O'Donnell launched her second home run of the tournament in the fifth inning on Sunday.
March 22, 2015

Final Stats

STOCKTON, Calif. - Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert (2-5) picked up her second win in as many days as the University of Connecticut softball team wrapped up play at the 2015 Louisville Slugger Invitational with a 5-3 victory over Grand Canyon on Sunday in Stockton, Calif. The Huskies improve to 10-17, while the Antelopes drop to 19-16.

Eckert shined for the second-straight day, tossing a complete-game three-hitter. The righty allowed three earned runs and also notched a pair of strikeouts. Grand Canyon's Kailey Regester (8-7) was tagged with the loss after surrendering all five Husky runs in 4.2 innings of work.

UConn drew first blood, scoring the game's first run in the top of second. Alyson Ambler opened up the frame with a double to left center and advanced to third when Jacklyn Dubois followed up with a single through the right side of the infield. Heather Fyfe picked up her sixth RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, as the Huskies took a 1-0 edge.

The Huskies added another run in the fourth when Dubois picked up her second hit of the afternoon lacing an RBI double to right center to score Ambler. The game's big blow came off the bat of O'Donnell in the fifth after Lexi Gifford and Alyssa Gardea reached base with two outs. O'Donnell stepped to the dish and launched a three run shot to left field - her second homerun of the weekend - to extend the UConn lead to 5-0.


 

 

The Antelopes got on the board for the first time in the home half of the fifth, taking advantage of their first three hits of the afternoon. Jenna Coates did the bulk of the damage with a three-run shot to right field to cut the Husky advantage to 5-3.

Eckert settled down and finished off the game with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to secure the Huskies' 10th victory of the year.

O'Donnell, who moved into the program's top-10 in career home runs on Saturday, moved into a tie with Kim Silva (2010-13) for ninth in school history with her 18th round tripper.

The team is set to host its first home game of the season when it plays Boston College on Thursday, March 26. Game time at Burrill Family Field is set for 3:30 p.m.

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