April 27, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Timely hitting by Rutgers University proved too much for UConn softball on Sunday afternoon as the Huskies squandered a three-run lead in the third game of the weekend series. The Scarlet Knights scored all seven runs on four home runs to win by a final score of 7-3 and sweep the series.
The Huskies (13-34, 3-14 The American) led for much of the contest, looking to seal the deal with a 3-1 edge headed into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Scarlet Knights (25-16, 8-7 The American) rallied to tie the contest and send the game to extra-innings, where Carly Todd supplied the heroics with her second home run of the contest in a walk-off grand slam to end the game.
Freshman Kayla Doty (Ghent, N.Y.) earned the start on the hill for UConn and tossed five shutout innings that allowed Connecticut to take control of the scoreboard. The Huskies broke open the scoring in the fourth inning on four consecutive singles by Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine), Heather Fyfe (Bedford, N.H.), Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.), and Jacklyn Dubois (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) to take the 2-0 lead.
Ambler continued her excellent afternoon at the plate with a solo home run in the sixth inning to push the UConn lead to 3-0. The sophomore led the squad’s offensive effort today, finishing with two hits, a run and two RBI’s. Ambler has now homered three times his season, which ranks third on the team, after not clearing the fence previously in her career.
The Rutgers bats found a solution to Doty in the sixth inning, when a Jackie Bates solo home run to centerfield put the Scarlet Knights on the board. Leading 3-1 headed into the final frame of play, the Huskies were unable to hold Rutgers at bay. Melanie Slowinski and Todd Carly blasted back-to-back home runs to lead off the seventh inning and draw even with UConn, 3-3. Ambler relieved Doty on the mound for UConn to end the inning.
Taylor Townsend (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led off for UConn in the eighth inning and was hit by a pitch to provide the Huskies with a base runner. Grinnell advanced Townsend to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt and a Heather Fyfe ground out brought Townsend to third, but she would advance no further as Ambler struck out to end the inning.
A walk and two singles loaded the bases for Rutgers in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) came in to relieve Ambler and face Carly Todd, who delivered the game-winning grand slam to provide Rutgers the 7-3 victory and weekend sweep.
Alyson Ambler (1-3) took the loss for UConn in 0.2 innings of work after being credited with allowing three runs on four hits. Doty finished with two strikeouts and allowed three runs while on the mound. Duggan was credited with Todd’s run and hit in 0.0 innings.
On the hill for Rutgers, Shayla Sweeney (9-8) earned the win in 2.0 innings of work without allowing a run. She and Alyssa Landrith (6.0 innings pitched, seven hits) combined for ten strikeouts.
The Huskies will face a pair of non-conference opponents in mid-week action before concluding the regular season at Burrill Family Field against UCF. UConn travels to face Boston College on Wednesday, April 30 in Chestnut Hill before returning to Storrs to host Sacred Heart on Thursday, May 1. First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET in Boston, while Thursday’s contest is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET.