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UConn's Offense Explodes in 15-7 Win Over ECU

Alyson Ambler went 2-for-3 with three RBI
April 17, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. - Behind a seven-run fifth inning, which included three-run homers by Taylor Smith and Alyson Ambler, the University of Connecticut softball team took the final game of a three-game set against East Carolina, 15-7, in a six innings on Sunday.

The Huskies (16-25, 3-7 AAC) scored runs in five of six innings at the Burrill Family Field, capitalizing off erratic pitching by the Pirates. ECU pitchers walked 13 batters in the final game of the series.

Smith and Ambler each went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the victory, while junior Taylor Townsend was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Senior Valerie Sadowl added two RBI groundouts in the win, which is UConn's second straight and third in the last four games.

Freshman Jill Stockley (6-10) took the win in the circle, allowing five runs on 15 hits in five innings of work, relieving junior Kayla Doty. Doty recorded just one out in her start before being taken out due to injury.

Stockley was the beneficiary of an explosive UConn offense, which racked 13 earned runs, seven hits and 11 walks against ECU starter Mary Williams.

With the game tied in the third inning, Smith pinch-hit for Kelli Bates and wasted no time in making an impact. She nailed a line drive that soared over the centerfield fence, her first-career home run, which gave UConn a 7-4 lead.

Five batters later, it was Ambler's turn to crank a pitch over the left field wall, extending the lead to 11-4. Seven runs, four hits and four walks were accumulated in the frame that gave the Huskies a permanent lead.

Ahead 12-7 in the sixth, an RBI double by Dominique Pinto followed by a wild pitch by Williams plated the final run of the game, giving UConn the necessary eight-run lead to constitute a mercy rule after six frames.

Senior Lexi Gifford contributed an RBI double in the second inning as part of her 1-for-2 game with three runs scored. Senior Alyssa Gardea chipped in an RBI hit of her own in the second inning.

Ciara Ervin and Casey Alcorn each recorded three hits in the loss for the Pirates, as the Huskies tied a season-high for runs scored in a game.

UConn gets Monday off before returning to action on Tuesday when it hosts Massachusetts in Storrs. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. and can be followed on live stats or @UConnSoftball on Twitter.