HOUSTON, Texas -- Despite tallying eight hits, the University of Connecticut softball team fell, 4-3, to Houston on Sunday, April 19 at the Cougar Softball Stadium. With the setback, the Huskies fall to 15-17 and 3-8 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Cougars improve to 22-23 overall.
Lauren Duggan took the ball for her second start of the weekend and lasted 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout. Freshman Chelsea Eckert (4-12) took the loss after allowing one run in 2.2 innings of work. Julana Shrum picked up the win for Houston after tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Junior SS Lexi Gifford gave the Huskies a 2-0 edge in the second inning when she delivered a clutch two-out RBI single down the left field line to plate Heather Fyfe and Jacklyn Dubois. The Cougars cut into the Husky lead in the second, scoring a run a run on two hits but a slick line drive double play turned by Taylor Townsend and Gifford limited the damage.
UConn tacked on another run in the fourth but Duggan helped out her own cause by lifting a sac fly to deep right as Dubois scampered home ahead of the throw.
Duggan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by getting back-to-back flyouts to end the frame and preserve the two-run Husky lead. Houston evened things up an inning later, scoring twice on a pair of hits, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Courtney Klingler.
The Cougars walked off with the win in the seventh inning after Klingler notched the game-winning RBI double with two down.
In the setback, freshman Emma Stanley notched her second career multi-hit games (2-for-2). Dubois also picked up a pair of hits and scored twice.
The squad returns home to Storrs to host Boston College in a midweek contest set for Wednesday, April 22. First pitch at Burrill Family Field is set for 3:30 p.m.