STORRS, CONN.- Taylor Townsend's walk-off double completed the comeback for the University of Connecticut Softball team, lifting them to a 3-2 victory over Houston in eight innings at the Burrill Family Field on Friday.
Freshman pitcher Jill Stockley pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits and recording five strikeouts. She picked up her team-best ninth win of the season.
The Cougars took an early 2-0 lead, with Klinger having two RBI singles in the first and third innings.
Ambler began the comeback for the Huskies with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, her team-leading fourth of the year.
Pinto tied the game when she hit a single to right field with two outs in the sixth inning, scoring freshman Ally Hernandez from third. Her 24th RBI of the season ties senior Lexi Gifford for the most on the squad.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when Gifford walked and Gardea laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Gifford to second. Townsend hit a long drive to center field for a double, scoring Gifford as the winning run.
"It was really cool. The team did a dog pile at home plate. It feels really good to get the team off to a good start in this series, and I'm excited to win two more tomorrow," said Townsend after the game. It was her first-career walk-off hit as a Husky.
UConn and Houston will wrap up the series tomorrow (Senior Day) with a doubleheader, with first pitch at 12 p.m. A pregame ceremony will take place before tomorrow's games to honor the five graduating seniors.