— UConn Softball (@UConnSoftball) April 14, 2015
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior righty Lauren Duggan tossed the 37th no-hitter in program history as the University of Connecticut softball team topped Hartford, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the Hartford Softball Field to win its third-straight game. With the win, UConn improves to 15-23, while the Hawks fall to 2-31.
Duggan (9-9) became the 18th Husky player to record a no-hitter and the first since May 2, 2009. Her no-hit bid marked the program's third such effort since the 2000 season. She also moved into a tie for third in the conference with nine wins this season.
The Huskies got the scoring started in the third inning after junior SS Lexi Gifford singled home freshman Emma Stanley to give UConn a 1-0 edge. After Gifford was cut down at second on a steal attempt, American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll selection Alyssa Gardea cracked her third home run in as many games, pushing the lead to two. For Gardea, the homerun marked her fourth of the season after combining for just one round-tripper in her first two seasons in a Connecticut uniform.
Senior 3B Emily O'Donnell extended the UConn lead in the fifth, smacking her fifth home run of the season with two on and one out.
Connecticut threatened again in the sixth, putting two on with one out and forcing a Hartford pitching change but Kelsey Bird induced an inning-ending groundout to keep the score 5-0 in favor of the Huskies.
Duggan came out for the seventh and got three ground outs to secure the win and etch her name into the school record books.
"I'm very proud of Duggan today," said first year head coach Jen McIntyre. "She had great command of her pitches, stayed composed and attacked hitters. It takes an entire team to win and we had a complete effort today. Credit to coach Clark for calling a great game and Dominique Pinto for doing a tremendous job behind the plate. Throwing a no-hitter is a tough task at this level so I'm proud she will be joining alot of former Husky greats."
In the win, sophomore infielder Taylor Townsend extended her team-best reached-base streak to eight. Additionally, the win marked the Huskies' fifth victory in the last six contests.
The team continues its midweek schedule on Wednesday, April 15 when it hosts in-state rival Central Connecticut State University at Burrill Family Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.