STORRS, Conn. – Riding a wave of Senior Day feeling on Sunday, senior pitcher Kayla Doty at one point retired 17-straight batters on her way to a complete-game effort, but the UConn softball team fell short to Memphis – 2-0.
Right from the start, Doty (1-2) took over. After allowing a lead-off single in the first inning, she set down the next 17 Memphis hitters – including a streak of 12 consecutive groundouts. She struck-out three and walked none in the loss.
Sophomore Kelli Bates went 2-for-3 in the game to lead the UConn offense. The second-year outfielder recorded a hit in each of the three games against the Tigers this weekend.
Freshmen Kiwi McDaniel and Carli Cutler each added hits in the loss, as well as Townsend, while Memphis starter Molly Smith earned the complete-game win. Smith scattered four hits while striking out seven on Sunday.
The Huskies left six runners on base throughout the game, including two runners in the seventh inning when facing a 2-0 deficit. Sophomore Taylor Smith pinch-hit for junior Ryne Nakama and represented the winning run at the plate, but struck-out to end the game.
A pitcher’s duel between Doty and Smith resulted in six scoreless innings before the Tigers broke the tie in the seventh. RBI singles from Lindsey Stickrod and Regan Hadley gave Memphis a permanent two-run lead.
It was the second complete game of the season for Doty and her most effective, surrendering just a pair of runs on six hits in her third conference appearance.
UConn fell to 1-5 in two-run games this season and 4-24 when the opposing team scores the game’s first run.
The Huskies enter the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday in Greenville, N.C. as the seven-seed. ECU will host the tournament all weekend.