STORRS, Conn. -- Despite a seventh-inning home run from Emily O'Donnell, the University of Connecticut softball team fell, 3-1, to in-state rival Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday at Burrill Family Field. The loss snapped UConn's season-best three-game winning streak and dropped the Huskies to 15-24 overall, while the Blue Devils jumped up to 22-7.
Freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert (4-10) took the ball for her 15th start and took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs. The pitcher was tagged for three total runs on five hits in her 7.0 innings of work. CCSU ace Laura Messina (18-3) earned her 18th win of the year with a complete-game, two-hit effort.
Neither team could muster much offense through the first four innings, as the teams combined for just two hits through the first three frames. Central broke through in the top of the fifth, scoring three times. After the Blue Devils pushed across one run on an error, Brittany Camara delivered the big blow, ripping a two-RBI triple to left.
The Huskies threatened in first, putting two on with two outs after O'Donnell singled and junior OF Alyson Ambler walked, but Messina was able to induce an inning-ending popup to escape the jam.
O'Donnell got the Huskies on the board in the seventh, blasting a leadoff solo shot to left field to cut the deficit to one. The Huskies brought the tying run to the plate with two down after a hit-by-pitch but
In the setback, sophomore 2B Taylor Townsend extended her team-best reached-base streak to nine-straight games.
The Huskies continue American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, April 18 when they travel to Houston, Texas to challenge the Cougars in doubleheader action. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.