STORRS, Conn. - Playing in its final regular season series, the UConn softball team fell twice in doubleheader action to conference foe Tulsa on Saturday at Burrill Family Field. The Huskies dropped a tightly-contested 5-2 tilt in game one before falling, 8-0, in five innings in the nightcap.
With the pair of setbacks, UConn moves to 18-33 and 4-12 in The American, while Tulsa improves to 33-17 and 11-6 in league play.
The Huskies got on the board in the second, taking advantage of a two-base Tulsa error. Alyson Ambler lifted a deep fly to center that popped out of the centefielder's glove to start the inning and advanced to third after a sac bunt from Dominique Pinto. Jacklyn Dubois grabbed her 17th RBI of the season after cracking a single that sailed just over the outstretched glove of the shortstop.
Tulsa struck back in the top half of the third after a two-out RBI triple from Catherine Horner knotted things up at one.
Freshman OF Ryne Nakama preserved the 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth when she cut down a run at the plate trying to score on a fly ball. A half inning later, Ambler put the Huskies up 2-1 when she cranked her fifth homer of the season over the left field wall.
The Golden Hurricane claimed their first lead of the day in the fifth after stringing together three singles and taking advantage of a wild pitch. The visitors added two runs in the seventh to push the lead to 5-2.
The Huskies threatened in their final at-bat, opening the frame with back-to-back singles but Sill battled back and finished off her sixth save of the season.
At the plate, Taylor Townsend went 2-for-4 at the leadoff spot, while Dubois finished off the contest with two hits in three at-bats.
Freshman Chelsea Eckert last 2.0 innings in the nighcap, surrendering six runs on four hits with five walks and a pair of strikeouts. Sill tossed 5.0 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just six baserunners en route to her ninth win of the year.
The Golden Hurricane went ahead 4-0 in the game's opening frame, taking advantage of three walks and a pair of hits. The Huskies loaded the bases in the second after hits from Fyfe and Nakama but Sill was able to work out of the jam with her third strikeout of the game.
Tulsa added three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Maddy Withee. Withee added another RBI in the fourth when she doubled to the centerfield gap.
Connecticut scattered five hits in the setback and Townsend notched a walk that extended her reached-base streak to eight.
The pair of tilts served as UConn's Pink Game, during which donations were collected to benefit the Carol and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, or to donate, please call 1-800-579-7822.
The team rounds out regular season action on Sunday, May 3rd when it finishes its three-game set with the Golden Hurricane at noon. The game will also serve as the squad's annual Senior Day during which the team will honor its four senior class members Lauren Duggan, Lauren Tremblay, Emily O'Donnell and Ashley LaPenta.