FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Juniors Lexi Gifford and Alyson Ambler each notched three hits at the plate to lead the University of Connecticut softball team to a 5-2 victory over Fairfield on Thursday in the Huskies' final regular season non-conference road game. With the victory, UConn stopped a five-game slide and improved to 16-28, while the Stags dropped to 15-20 overall.
The Huskies pounded out 12 hits, marking the seventh time they have reached the double-digit hit plateau and the first since recording 14 against Hartford on April 14.
Freshman righty Chelsea Eckert took the ball and lasted 4.1 innings, surrendering a pair of runs on seven hits en route to her fifth win of the year. Senior righty Lauren Duggan was credited with the save after tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two base runners.
The Stags charged out to a 2-0 lead in the second, grabbing three hits and taking advantage of a walk. UConn knotted it up in the third after putting together four hits. Taylor Townsend and Gifford opened the inning with back-to-back doubles and came around to score via RBI singles off the bats of junior C Jacklyn Dubois and Ambler.
Connecticut grabbed its first lead of the afternoon in the fifth when Gifford ripped a leadoff double, advanced to third on an Alyssa Gardea sac bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. After the Stags put runners on the corners with one down in the fifth, senior righty Lauren Duggan entered in relief and preserved the 3-2 Husky edge by inducing a lineout and an inning-ending groundout.
UConn added an insurance run in the sixth via an RBI single from Townsend which scored Emma Stanley.
In the win, Gifford notched her fourth and fifth double of the year, upping her extra-base hit total to eight. The junior SS collected three extra-base knocks in 48 games a season ago.
Ambler finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs at the dish and notched her seventh multi-hit game of the 2015 campaign.
The Huskies continue American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, April 25 when they travel to Greenville, N.C. for a three-game set with East Carolina. The squad will play a doubleheader against the Pirates on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
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