April 19, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball fell in the final game of a three-game set to Temple on Saturday afternoon at Burrill Family Field. A late Temple run in the top of the seventh inning sealed the win for the Owls, 3-2. The Huskies sink to 11-31 on the season with the loss and drop to 3-11 in The American. The Owls improve to 15-20 overall and 5-7 in league games.
Heather Fyfe (Bedford, N.H.) put UConn on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run blast to left field. Designated player Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) drew a one-out walk to reach base and a Dominique Pinto strikeout (Newtown, Pa.) strikeout brought Fyfe to the plate with two outs. The sophomore delivered with a blast over the left field fence for her second career home run and second time homering this week.
A pitching rematch from yesterday’s first game pitted Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) against Temple’s Kelsey Dominik once again. Both pitchers tossed three scoreless innings headed into the sixth frame, when Temple would rally to knot the score at two apiece. Dominik helped provide her own cushion, leading off with a single to left field in the top of the sixth inning. Kaylyn Zierke made it back-to back singles to left field when she roped one through to the outfield to bring up runners on first and second base with no outs.
Duggan was able to get the lead runner at third base after fielding a ground ball for the first out of the inning and a pop out to second base appeared to have the Huskies on their way to closing the inning, but Julia Kastner cracked a double to the fence in left field that scored both runners to tie the contest.
UConn escaped the inning without further damage but could not muster a go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Temple took the late lead after Toni Santos delivered a triple to right field and scored easily on a Zierke RBI double to right field for the 3-2 edge. The Huskies could not respond to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Connecticut returns to action with a Tuesday contest at Bryant University. Game time is set for 3:00pm in Smithfield, R.I.