STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut softball team wrapped up regular season play with a 9-0 six-inning setback to Tulsa on Saturday at Burrill Family Field. The Huskies round out regular season play at 18-34, while the Tulsa finishes at 34-17. The two squads will meet again on Thursday, May 7 in the American Athletic Conference Championship held in Orlando, Fla. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. at the UCF Softball Complex.
Prior to first pitch, UConn's four senior class members Lauren Duggan, Lauren Tremblay, Emily O'Donnell and Ashley LaPenta were honored with a Senior Day ceremony featuring coaches Jen McIntyre, Adrienne Clark, and Chrissy Schoonmaker, as well as Senior Women's Administrator Debbie Corum.
The 2015 senior class helped the Huskies to 78 wins in their four seasons in Storrs, highlighted by a season-best 26 wins during UConn's final season in the Big East in 2013.
Lauren Duggan took the ball in what would mark her 109th appearance on the mound in a UConn uniform, fourth-most in school history, and took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work. Emily Watson earned her eighth win of the year, going the distance with () innings of scoreless work.
Tulsa started the scoring in the third inning, putting one run on the board after taking advantage of a Husky miscue. Tulsa added three more in the fourth, hilighted by a two-run double from Catherine Horner but junior OF Alyssa Gardea limited the damage, cutting down a would-be run at the plate to end the frame.
The Huskies connected on three singles in the home half of the fourth but couldn't push anything across after Watson worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts. Tulsa moved ahead 7-0 in the fifth after working four walks and notching a hit in the frame.
UConn again loaded the bases in fifth after Lexi Gifford and Townsend picked up singles but Watson delivered another strikeout to strand three Huskies. The Golden Hurricane's final two runs came via a one-out, two-run homer off the bat of Shelby Estocado.
Next up, UConn will head to Orlando, Fla. for the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship. The Huskies will square off against second-seeded Tulsa on Thursday, May 7at 1:30 p.m. Check back with uconnhuskies.com early next week for a complete preview of the tournament.