Gifford led the Husky offense with two hits and two RBI
March 27, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut softball dropped a 4-3 decision to Quinnipiac on Wednesday afternoon in its home opener. The Huskies were unable to capitalize on a seventh inning rally and now sit at 12-11 on the season, while the Bobcats improved to 6-18.
Freshman pitcher Alyson Ambler started the game for the Huskies and was handed the loss after 1.2 innings and three earned runs. Quinnipiac’s Sydney Robey (3-5) was awarded the victory and Hannah Lindsley earned the save.
The Bobcats jumped to an early advantage going up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning following two hits against freshman Alyson Ambler as Nikki Barba reached home. It didn’t take the home squad long to respond and even the game at 1-1 in the top of the inning with junior Maddy Schiappa scoring on a RBI single by sophomore Emily O’Donnell.
Quinnipiac registered five hits against Ambler in the second inning to regain the lead and go ahead 3-1. With two outs and the bases loaded Ambler was replaced by junior Lauren Duggan who forced Barba into a groundout stranding three runners on base.
Connecticut strung together three consecutive hits to kick off the bottom of the seventh inning as Duggan and Ambler crossed home plate on an RBI double to center field by freshman third baseman Lexi Gifford.
The Bobcats, who outhit UConn 12-9, brought Lindsley into the game with two outs against the Huskies and their tying run on third. Connecticut’s late rally fell short when O’Donnell popped up to first base and ended the game at 4-3.
The Huskies open conference play this weekend when they head to Rutgers for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s double header is set for 1 p.m. and Saturday’s game will start at noon.