March 29, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball team picked up its first American Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Burrill Family Field when it downed Memphis, 4-1, behind a 7.0 inning, one-run performance from junior RHP Lauren Duggan. With the win, the Huskies jump to 6-20 this season while Memphis falls to 13-19.
The Huskies struck first, taking a 1-0 lead after sophomore INF Lexi Gifford notched her sixth RBI of the season by driving in sophomore C Jacklyn Dubois with a double to deep right field in the home half of the fourth inning.
UConn tacked on another run in the fifth after sophomore OF Heather Fyfe started the frame off with a single up the middle. Fyfe was lifted for a pinch runner, sophomore OF Alyssa Gardea, who came around to score when junior INF Emily O’Donnell roped an RBI single up the middle. The Huskies extended their lead to 3-0 when sophomore 2B Valerie Sadowl belted her third home run of the season.
UConn added its final run later in the sixth when O’Donnell lifted a deep sacrifice fly to right center field to plate Taylor Townsend.
Duggan (5-10) finished with a line of 7.0 innings, surrendering just five hits, one run, two walks and tallying three strikeouts. The right-hander worked out of a series of jams and didn’t surrender a run until the seventh inning when Memphis’ Kelly Braman homered to center.
The second game of the doubleheader was halted due to inclement weather in the sixth inning. The game will be resumed tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. before the start of the series finale immediately after. Currently, the Huskies hold a 9-6 lead as six starters have recorded a hit.
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