STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball team opened its three-game series against American Athletic Conference rival UCF with a 1-0 loss on Friday at Burrill Family Field. With the setback, the Huskies drop to 13-21 overall and 1-3 in league play, while the Knights improve to 24-13 and 1-0 in conference action.
Junior righty Kayla Doty (4-2) was charged with the loss after a complete-game, five-hit, one-run effort to go along with a pair of strikeouts and a single walk. Shelby Turnier (11-11) is now .500 on the season after picking up her third shutout victory in 7.0 innings, allowing three hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Alyson Ambler opened the bottom of the second with her third double of the season but the following three batters were retired.
Both teams struggled to get their offense going in the middle innings, with the two squads trading 1-2-3 innings.
Cassady Brewer looped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the fifth for the Knights. After being moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt, Brewer crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice to give UCF a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies came close to tying the game in the home half of the seventh after Alyssa Gardea singled to right center and Jacklyn Dubois reached on an error by the pitcher. Heather Fyfe moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt but the Huskies couldn’t bring them in as the game ended with a fly out.
Ambler, Gardea and Lexi Gifford each had a hit for UConn.
The two squads are back in action on Saturday, April 2 with a doubleheader to close out the weekend. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.