TULSA, Okla. – Senior Jacklyn Dubois and junior Dominique Pinto each hit solo home runs, but the University of Connecticut softball team fell to Tulsa, 7-2, at the Collins Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.
It is the sixth time this season that the Huskies (19-30, 4-11 AAC) have hit multiple home runs in a game, but they were unable to silence the Tulsa bats. Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Eckert (6-11) picked up the loss for UConn.
Dubois blasted her solo shot in the second inning, tying the game at that point, 1-1. Pinto smacked hers in the fourth in a pinch-hit spot, cutting Tulsa’s lead to 5-2. It was the second for Dubois and fourth for Pinto this season.
Senior Lexi Gifford led UConn at the dish otherwise, going 3-for-3 with three singles – her team-leading fourth game this season with at least three hits. Dubois went 2-for-3, the only other Husky with multiple hits.
Junior Taylor Townsend added a single in the loss, as the Huskies were outhit by Tulsa, 15-7. Three players had three hits for the Golden Hurricane, including Shelby Estocado who was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Eckert pitched 2.1 innings in her 19th start of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits. Junior Kayla Doty allowed three runs on six hits in one inning of relief.
Freshman pitcher Jill Stockley was a bright spot for the Huskies, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Doty. She allowed two hits and struck-out three in her performance, keeping the Huskies within striking distance.
Tulsa scored four runs in the third inning, jumping out to a 5-1 lead – one that proved insurmountable. The Golden Hurricane recorded six hits in the frame, while facing Eckert and Doty.
UConn and Tulsa wrap-up league play on Sunday in the series finale, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET) at the Collins Softball Complex. It can be followed on live stats or on Tulsa’s live stream.