GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Playing in its final regular season road contest, the University of Connecticut softball team fell, 12-0, to East Carolina in the rubber match of a three-game series at ECU Softball Stadium in Greenville, N.C. The setback drops the Huskies to 17-30 (4-10, The American), while the Pirates improve to 16-36 overall.
The Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's first frame, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Casey Alcorn. UConn's first threat of the game came in the third inning. After Ryne Nakama walked to open the inning, Alyssa Gardea picked up the team's first hit of the afternoon with a single to center. Junior C Jacklyn Dubois walked to load the bases but ECU's Lydia Ritchie worked out of trouble by inducing an inning-ending groundout.
East Carolina pushed four more across in the bottom of the third when Karlie Smith connected on her second grand slam of the weekend, depositing the long ball over the left field wall. The Pirates scored their final run in the fourth after Abby Wynne picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
Senior righty Lauren Duggan (10-12) took the loss after allowing six earned runs in the first inning. Junior Alyson Ambler pitched well in relief for the second-straight game, holding the Pirates to just one run in 1.1 innings. Ritchie tossed all five innings and allowed just two hits for the Pirates.
At the dish, Gifford extended her team-best four-game reached-base streak after going 1-for-3.
Connecticut finished the season with a 6-11 regular season road record.
The team returns home for a five-game homestand to round out the 2015 regular season. First up, UConn hosts Quinnipiac on Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. ET