TAMPA, Fla. – In the second game of its weekend series, the University of Connecticut softball team lost a close 1-0 decision to No. 25/23 USF on Saturday, April 9 at the USF Softball Complex. With the setback, the Huskies are 13-23 overall and 1-5 in American Athletic Conference action. The Bulls improve to 35-10 and 7-1 in league play.
Freshman righty Jill Stockley (4-9) recorded the loss after 6.0 innings of work with five hits, one run and a pair of strikeouts. USF’s Erica Nunn (19-6) made her second-straight start against the Huskies and tossed a complete-game, allowing seven hits to go along with 11 strikeouts.
UConn got out to a quick start as Lexi Gifford and Kelli Bates opened the game with back-to-back singles. Dominique Pinto showed a good eye at bat to earn a walk and load the bases but the Huskies couldn’t bring anyone in.
The Bulls threatened in the bottom of the second after a hard triple put one on but the Huskies came up with a pop up and ground out to end the inning.
With two outs in the third, UConn stacked the bags for the second time. Pinto came away with another walk and Alyssa Gardea reached on an error by the shortstop. Jacklyn Dubois tallied an infield single to cover the bases but the frame ended on a pop up.
USF took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third after a double and single put runners on the corners. Lee Ann Spivey gave up the sacrifice fly to plate the only run of the game.
The Huskies tried to lock things up in the seventh. Heather Fyfe started the visitor half with a leadoff single to right field. After two strikeouts, Alyson Ambler kept the side alive with a single to left field to get the tying run in scoring position but Nunn came up with a strikeout to close the game.
Dubois and Gifford each tallied two hits on the day.
UConn and USF will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m.