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Softball Travels to the Golden State for 2015 San Diego Classic II

Lauren Duggan leads the 2015 squad with four wins and three complete games.
March 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Connecticut softball team plays its fourth regular season tournament of the season when it travels to San Diego, Calif. to participate in the 2015 San Diego Classic II on March 13-15. The team opens plays with a pair of games on Friday, March 13 against UNLV (12 p.m. ET) and Utah Valley (2:30 p.m. ET) before challenging BYU (2:30 p.m.) and New Mexico St. (7:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday. The Huskies round out weekend action with a 5 p.m. tilt against host San Diego on Sunday, March 15.

The Last Meeting
March 1, 1997
Columbus, Georgia
The Last Meeting
New Mexico State1
March 13, 2009
San Diego, Calif.
Late Fifth-Inning Rally Puts Softball Past New Mexico State 2-1
A two-run fifth inning rally put the University of Connecticut softball team past New Mexico State, Friday. The Huskies (6-7) gave up the lead to the Aggies (17-7) in the top of the fifth, but kicked their offense in gear in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs and taking away the victory.

The Last Meeting
March 21, 2003
Las Cruces, NM
The Last Meeting
San Diego38
March 12, 2009
San Diego, Calif.
Ortega Extra Inning Homer Propels Softball To 4-3 Victory Over San Diego
The University of Connecticut softball team took down San Diego in their first game of the San Diego Classic in extra innings, Thursday. The Huskies(5-7, 0-2 BIG EAST), who had a 3-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, allowed the Toreros to tie the game up, forcing extra innings. But in the top of the eighth, on a homerun by senior Jillian Ortega (Aberdeen, N.J.), the Huskies scored the go-ahead run and hung on to take their fifth victory of the season.

UConn (6-9) won two of five games at the 2015 Mizuno Classic, played on March 6-8 in Stillwater, Okla. Senior 3B Emily O'Donnell hit .571 with a pair of home runs and five RBI over the weekend, grabbing a spot on the American Athletic Conference honor roll. O'Donnell and junior OF Alyssa Gardea each earned spots on the All-Tournament squad following the championship game on Sunday.

The tournament will mark the Huskies' first trip to California since the 2012 campaign when the team took part in the Bayer CropScience Classic in Fresno. Overall, Connecticut owns an 11-12 record when playing in the Golden State.

The Huskies are 2-3 all-time against the Rebels with the last meeting coming in the 1997 season opener. UConn sports a 1-1 record against both BYU and San Diego and owns a 2-0 all-time mark against New Mexico State. Friday's contest against the Wolverines will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Through 15 games, four Huskies are hitting above .300, led by O'Donnell (.370). Junior OF Alyson Ambler leads all Huskies with three home runs and nine RBI, while senior RHP Lauren Duggan has picked up four wins with three complete games.

On the national scale, freshman RHP Chelsea Eckert ranks sixth in the conference and 117th in the country with 6.9 strikeouts per seven innings.

Tickets for the San Diego Classic II are $10 per day or $25 for an All-Tournament Pass.

Fans can keep up with the team via live stats links (generated on Thursday) or by following @UConnSoftball on Twitter.A tournament central home page will be activated on Thursday, March 12.