May 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut softball team took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning, but was unable to close out the game, falling 5-4 to Boston University on Thursday at Burrill Family Field. The loss drops the Huskies back to .500 at 25-25, while the Terriers improve to 21-23-1. Connecticut’s seven-game home win streak was snapped, as its home record falls to 8-7.
Pitcher Lauren Duggan (6-6) took the loss after a seven inning performance in which she allowed six hits, five runs (two earned), three walks and struck out five.
The Terriers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Emily Roesch tagged a double down the left field line to plate Megan Volpano, who had reached on a single up the middle earlier in the inning.
Connecticut responded in the fourth when Emily O’Donnell walked to start the inning. Marissa Guches and Audrey Grinnell both reached on infield singles, before Lexi Gifford lifted a deep fly ball to left field, scoring O’Donnell on the sac fly. Brittany Duclos then stepped into the batter’s box and ripped a single to left, allowing Guches to score and give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Boston University starter Lauren Hynes was able to work out of further trouble, getting Alyssa Gardea to ground into a double play to end the threat.
BU tied the game 2-2 with a run in the top of the fifth, aided by a fielding error from Grinnell on a slow roller to first base, which put runners on first and second with no outs. Jayme Mask laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up, and Hynes delivered with a high chopper to shortstop, pushing Haley King across.
In the BU sixth, Roesch reached first to start the inning on a fielding error by Gifford, and crossed the plate when Chelsea Kehr blasted a ball over the fence in left for a two-run homer to give BU a 4-2 lead. The Terriers tacked on another run on a double off the bat of Emily Felbaum to bring the lead to three to conclude the top of the inning.
UConn cut into the BU lead in the home half of the sixth, getting RBI singles from Duclos and pinch-hitter Valerie Sadowl, but were unable to draw even and were sent down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Hynes (5-6) picked up the win for BU, going seven innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, four walks and striking out two Huskies in 31 batters faced. Duclos was the lone Husky to record a multi-hit game, going two for three, with a pair of RBI.
Connecticut looks to get back on track this weekend, when it hosts DePaul for a three game set in Storrs, starting at 12:00 pm on Saturday.