TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped its three-game series finale with USF, 1-0, on Sunday, April 10. With the loss, the Huskies are 13-24 overall and 1-6 in American Athletic Conference play. The Bulls move to 36-10 and 8-1 in league action.
Rookie RHP Jill Stockley (4-10) made her second-straight start against the Bulls and picked up the loss in 6.0 innings of six-hit, one-run, one-strikeout ball. Erica Nunn (20-6) recorded all three wins over the Huskies this weekend and pitched 3.0 innings of relief, giving up one hit and four strikeouts.
Kelli Bates got the game going with single to the shortstop and moved over to second after Alyson Ambler was hit by a pitch. Jacklyn Dubois recorded a fly-out that helped Bates advance to third but the Huskies left her stranded.
USF tried to get on the board in the bottom of the third after a walk and single put runners on the corners. Kristen Wyckoff stole second to put two in scoring position but the Huskies got the groundout to end the threat.
Although they struggled offensively, both teams were putting up strong defensive efforts and traded quick three-out innings.
In the home half of the sixth, a single to center field and a sacrifice bunt put Monica Santos on second. Nunn came up with a clutch two-out single to bring Santos in for a decisive 1-0 lead.
Ryne Nakama went 2-for-2 on the day while Bates tallied a hit in the finale.