April 26, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – UConn softball dropped a pair of conference games to Rutgers on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey. The Huskies fall to 13-33 on the season and 3-13 in The American with the setbacks. Rutgers improves to 24-16 on the season and evens out its conference record at 7-7.
The Huskies compiled eight hits over the doubleheader, three of which belonged to junior third baseman Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.). After posting a single in the earlier contest, O'Donnell earned her second home run of the season in game two.
In the first game, Rutgers took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Loren Williams recorded the leadoff double to left center, followed by a Jackie Bates double to right field that scored Williams for the 1-0 lead. Alexis Durando singled up the middle to score Bates from second for the two-run edge.
Rutgers added a third run in the next inning for the 3-0 lead, but a pitching duel held both teams off the scoreboard until Rutgers recorded runs in the fifth and sixth inning to seal the deal.
Emily O’Donnell and Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) recorded UConn’s two hits in the game, both singles. Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) took the loss for UConn, going 5.0 innings and allowing four runs while tallying three strike outs. Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) tossed 1.0 innings, allowing one run and two hits. Duggan took the loss, falling to 7-19 on the season. Her counterpart in Alyssa Landrith threw a complete game in the win for Rutgers, tallying seven strikeouts over a full 7.0 innings.
In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Huskies took control of the contest in the early going and built a 2-0 lead headed into the sixth inning. Dubois reached base on a throwing error by the catcher and eventually came around to score on a throwing error by the shortstop to give UConn the 1-0 upper hand in the second frame.
O’Donnell led off with a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning to give UConn the insurance run, 2-0. The homer marked O’Donnell’s second time going yard this season and the 14th home run of her career.
The Scarlet Knights responded with four runs to draw ahead on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. In UConn’s last at bats, Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) worked to start the rally with a single through the left side of the infield in the seventh inning. An O’Donnell single brought Schiappa around to third, which paved the way for Taylor Townsend’s RBI ground out to second base that cut the lead to 4-3. The Huskies were unable to draw even, falling in both games.
Freshman pitcher Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) took the loss in six innings of work for UConn, falling to 3-7 on the season. Shayla Sweeney earned the win for Rutgers to even up her record at 8-8.
The two squads will return to action tomorrow in another noon-time matchup in Piscataway.