CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – When clutch hits were needed, a pair of seniors delivered. Heather Fyfe and Alyssa Gardea each hit 11th-inning home runs on Wednesday afternoon, leading the University of Connecticut softball team to a 7-4 win over Boston College.
In what turned out to be the longest game of the season for the Huskies (17-26, 3-7 AAC), UConn coupled clutch hitting with a masterful performance by freshman pitcher Jill Stockley to pull-out a hard-fought win at Shea Field.
Stockley (7-10) went the distance, hurling 11 innings while scattering two earned runs (four total) on nine hits and striking out three. Despite four errors by the Huskies, Stockley managed to strand seven Eagles’ runners on the way to the extra-inning victory.
Gardea had a monster game, going 3-for-6 with four RBI, including a two-run double in the second inning and a two-run homer in the 11th inning to add insurance. Fyfe was 1-for-4 with her solo shot in the 11th, which gave the Huskies a 5-4 lead.
It was a season-high in hits and RBI for Gardea, who also scored two runs against the Eagles. Senior Lexi Gifford chipped in going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Kelli Bates had a two-hit game in the win, while senior Jacklyn Dubois delivered a clutch two-out RBI single in the 10th which gave UConn a 4-3 lead before the Eagles tied it in the bottom half.
With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles tied the game on an RBI triple by Jessie Daulton with two outs, making for the fourth extra-inning game of the season for UConn.
After scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth, singles by Gardea and senior Alyson Ambler set the stage for Dubois’ RBI single with two outs. It was her 15th RBI on the season.
In the bottom half, the Eagles tied the score on an error by Ryne Nakama, sending the game to the 11th and a thrilling finish.
Fyfe hit a lead-off homer off Eagles’ starter Allyson Frei, her third of the season, giving the Huskies a 5-4 lead. After Gifford reached base on a single, Gardea blasted a two-run shot that gave UConn a permanent lead.
UConn improves to 1-3 in extra-inning games this season and beats Boston College for the first time since April 30, 2013.
The Huskies return to action next Tuesday when they host Providence at home. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Burrill Family Field.
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