March 23, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The UConn softball team was unable to continue momentum from a big seventh inning rally in the latter game of a doubleheader against USF yesterday, falling to the Bulls on Sunday, 8-0. The Bulls (29-8, 3-0 American) pick up their third win to open American Athletic Conference play while the Huskies (5-20, 0-3 American) are still in search of their first conference win. UConn falls to 3-16 all-time against USF with the sweep.
USF pitcher Sara Nevins, who finished with 15 strikeouts against the Huskies in the first game of the series on Saturday, tossed her second no-hitter of the season and sixth of her career to thwart the UConn offense. Nevins improved to 17-4 on the season. The UConn bullpen saw nearly the full rotation utilized, as Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) started off and took the loss after a first inning jam allowed four runs to come across for the Bulls. Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) took over for Duggan with one out in the bottom of the first, throwing the following 1.1 innings. Ambler allowed four hits and a pair of runs before giving way to Kayla Doty (Ghent ,N.Y.) to close the remaining 3.0 innings. Doty allowed three hits and two runs of the 13 batters she faced.
USF jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, tacking on a run in the second, fourth and fifth innings to finish with the 8-0 result. The Bulls finished with 9 hits in the game. On the UConn basepaths, Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) reached base more than any other Huskies after drawing a pair of walks in the game.
The Huskies will return to Connecticut and set their sights on Tuesday's home opener against Sacred Heart University. The Pioneers went 3-1 at the UMBC Spring Classic to draw even in their overall record at 8-8. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at Burrill Family Field.