STORRS, Conn. – Despite a solid outing from junior pitcher Kayla Doty, the University of Connecticut softball team was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, falling 2-0 to East Carolina in the first game of a three-game series on Friday at Burrill Family Field.
The Huskies (14-25, 1-7 AAC) stranded seven runners throughout the game, including a pair in both the second and third innings. Senior catcher Jacklyn Dubois reached base twice in the losing effort, going 1-for-2 with a walk.
Doty (4-5) went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs and seven hits before being relieved by freshman Jill Stockley in the sixth inning. ECU received an RBI hit from Kelsi Briggs in the fifth, while Kacie Oshiro added an RBI knock off Stockley the next frame.
Doty retired the first two batters in the fifth inning, but allowed three straight singles that led to the first run of the game. Until that point, the Huskies and Pirates were both scoreless.
Stockley entered the game with the bases loaded, as Oshiro added an insurance run with her pinch-hit RBI single to left. In just 1.2 innings of work, however, Stockley struck-out three batters.
In addition to Dubois, Lexi Gifford, Dominique Pinto and Alyssa Gardea contributed hits for the Huskies. ECU started Lydia Ritchie, who went just 2.1 innings due to a strict pitch count. Ritchie struck-out five and allowed two hits.
Mary Williams relieved Ritchie and picked up the win, going 4.2 innings in relief while striking out six.
UConn had a key moment in the third inning with runners on second and third and two outs. A pop-out by Pinto ended the threat and kept the Huskies scoreless. With a runner on third in the fourth inning, a groundout by Ryne Nakama ended the frame.
The Huskies have lost six straight games in league play, but look to bounce back on Saturday against the Pirates. First pitch is at 2 p.m. in Storrs and the game can be followed on live stats and @UConnSoftball on Twitter.