Where Are They Now? - Emily O'Donnell | Donna Papa
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball alum Lauren Duggan tossed 454 innings in her four-year career as a Husky, but none more special than the seven frames she pitched in a 5-0 win over Hartford on April 14, 2015.
On that date, the senior pitcher became one of just 17 pitchers since the UConn softball program began in 1975 to throw a complete game no-hitter – a list that includes National Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) All-Americans Pat Conlan (’93) and Kim Mizesko (’92).
Head coach Jen McIntyre was leading the Huskies in her first season in 2015 after the retirement of longtime coach Karen Mullins. As a senior, Duggan led UConn’s staff in wins (10), innings pitched (147.1) and strikeouts (77).
Duggan’s no-no was the most recent for the UConn program, until freshman Katie Koshes and senior Kayla Doty combined to throw one in a 9-0 win in five innings against Bryant on March 29 of this past season.
In her junior and senior seasons, Duggan won 17 combined games in 44 starts in the circle, while leading the team in strikeouts during both campaigns. Her 36 appearances as a junior was a personal-best and tied for fourth all-time in a single season for a UConn pitcher.
Under the lead of Mullins for her first three seasons, Duggan helped the Huskies win 60 games, including 20 in Big East play. As a freshman and sophomore, she pitched behind ace Kiki Saveriano, the all-time program leader in appearances (132), starts (121), complete games (72), and innings pitched (723.1).
Duggan, a native of Norwood, Mass., made 109 appearances and recorded 231 strikeouts as a Husky between the 2012 and 2015 seasons. In McIntyre’s first year, Duggan finished her career with a 10-15 record and a 4.56 ERA.
Catch up with Lauren Duggan – one of UConn softball’s most accomplished pitchers – in this edition of “Where Are They Now?”
Where do you live now?
What was your major at UConn?
Where do you work?
Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. I work in Athletics as a two-sport coach and a recruiter; hoping to get a position in administration as well.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since graduating from UConn?
Finding a great job through Nobles as a multi-sport coach, being able to use my experiences to help the younger generations and also buying my second car (Jeep Wrangler).
What is your favorite UConn softball memory?
I would say my no-hitter my senior year. It was something I never thought would happen to me.