STILLWATER, Okla. – Senior Lexi Gifford recorded the only hit on Tuesday, as the University of Connecticut softball team was beaten in six innings by Oklahoma State, 8-0, at Cowgirl Stadium.
The Huskies (19-32, 4-12 AAC) finish regular season play with the loss, now turning their focus to the American Athletic Conference Championship beginning on Thursday in Tulsa, Okla. UConn finishes the season with a 15-20 non-conference record.
Junior Kayla Doty (4-8) got her 14th start of the season, surrendering five earned runs (six total) in three innings of work while picking up the loss. Doty fell victim to three UConn errors, which extended the innings for the Cowgirls.
Oklahoma State pitcher Brandi Needham earned the complete-game shut out, striking out three Huskies and walking just one. Madi Sue Montgomery led the Cowgirls at the dish, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
The Huskies fell behind in the third inning when OK State scored two runs – one on a throwing error by Gifford and the other on an RBI single by Tiffany Mikkelson. A four-run, four-hit inning followed in the fourth, extending the lead to 6-0.
An RBI single by Montgomery in the sixth inning ended the game, giving the Cowgirls the necessary eight-run lead to constitute a mercy rule.
Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Eckert allowed just one earned run (two total) in two relief innings following Doty. Senior Jacklyn Dubois was the only other Husky to reach base, drawing a walk in the fifth inning.
No. 7 UConn will play No. 2 UCF on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in the first round of the AAC Championship at the Collins Softball Complex. Game preview to come on Wednesday on uconnhuskies.com.