STORRS, Conn. – Senior Jacklyn Dubois went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, but the University of Connecticut softball team was outmuscled by UMass on Tuesday afternoon, 7-4, in a game played at the Burrill Family Field.
The Huskies (16-26, 3-7 AAC) fell victim to a three-run sixth inning by the Minutewomen, which included back-to-back home runs by Jena Cozza and Taylor Carbone. Junior Kayla Doty (4-6) picked up the loss for UConn.
Seven different players recorded hits for the Huskies, with junior Dominique Pinto providing the only multi-hit game. Senior Lexi Gifford and junior Taylor Townsend each contributed RBI hits in the loss, which snapped UConn’s two-game winning streak.
Doty pitched 2.2 innings in relief of starter Chelsea Eckert, allowing four runs on seven hits in that time. Eckert allowed three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings in the circle. Freshman Jill Stockley eventually took over for Doty, striking out three in two scoreless innings of relief.
Cozza slugged two home runs for UMass, finishing the day 2-for-4 with four RBI. Carbone added a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI.
Meg Colleran picked up the win for the Minutewomen, pitching 4.2 scoreless frames in relief of Carbone. She struck-out seven batters and allowed just two hits.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Gifford hit an RBI single to tie the score for the Huskies. It was the senior’s 21st RBI of the season, tying her for the team lead with Pinto.
After Cozza smacked a two-run homer in the third, UConn answered with three runs in the bottom half to take a 4-3 lead. Dubois hit a two-run single, and was later brought in by Townsend’s RBI bunt single.
In a tied game, Cozza and Carbone hit back-to-back home runs off Doty in the sixth to give UMass a 7-4 edge. The Huskies were held hitless in the final two innings.
UConn returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to play Boston College. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. as the Huskies look to bounce back.