April 12, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UConn softball dropped a pair of games to Louisville in Saturday doubleheader action. The Huskies drop to 9-28 on the season and 2-8 in The American. The Cardinals improve to 6-4 in conference play and improve to 25-15 overall.
A big four run second inning boosted the Cardinals past the Huskies in the first game of the doubleheader. UConn looked to spark a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, down 6-0, when Heather Fyfe singled to left field Maddy Schiappa singled to the pitcher, but the Huskies were unable to push across the runs. The Huskies left nine batters on base in the first game.
Despite ending up on the short end of the scoreboard, UConn out-hit Louisville 8-6 in the contest, led by Emily O’Donnell and Heather Fyfe, who tallied two hits apiece in the game. Kelsi Jones paced Louisville with a pair of hits and three runs in game one.
Lauren Duggan pitched five innings for the Huskies, allowing six runs and collecting three strikeouts in the loss. Maryssa Becker picked up her 11th win of the season for Louisville after tossing 6.0 innings of shutout softball.
Game two saw the Cardinals steadily pack on runs to cut the game in the fifth inning, with three players each recording a pair of runs for Louisville. Down 2-0 in the third inning, the Huskies were able to cut the deficit in half. Jacklyn Dubois led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a Heather Fyfe sacrifice bunt. A wild throw to first by Louisville’s third baseman allowed Maddy Schiappa to reach base and enable Dubois to reach third base. The position paid off, as Emily O’Donnell popped a long fly ball to centerfield that scored Dubois on the tag up. The Huskies were unable to climb back, as Louisville tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, three runs in the fourth and another two in the fifth to seal the game.
Kayla Doty was credited with the loss for UConn after 3.2 innings of work. Alyson Ambler relieved Doty for the final out. Rachel Le Coq improved to 8-7 with the win for Louisville.
The Huskies will look to rebound tomorrow with another noon time meeting with the Cardinals.