The UConn softball team traveled to Auburn, Alabama last weekend for the Wilson/DeMarini Tournament, hosted by Auburn University. Despite a promising win against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Huskies dropped four straight games to Ohio State, Texas State and Samford to drop to 4-6 on the season.
On Friday morning, senior Lauren Duggan took the mound and notched her second complete-game win of the season, allowing just three hits and one run in a 2-1 victory over the SIUE Cougars.
SIUE took the lead in the bottom of the first, but that was all the Cougars could muster. Duggan, who was stellar on the mound, helped her own cause at the plate in the top of the second inning with an RBI single.
The game remained 1-1 until the fifth inning, when back-to-back doubles from sophomore Taylor Townsend and senior Emily O’Donnell drove in the go-ahead run. Duggan allowed just one hit in the final three innings to seal the win for the Huskies.
The Huskies then took the field for the second game of the tournament only to be defeated 5-1 by Ohio State. However, UConn ran into a strong performance from Ohio State starter Olivia O’Reilly, who tossed the full seven innings and allowed just three hits. O’Reilly took a perfect game into the sixth before junior Alyssa Gardea broke it up with a single up the middle.
On day two of the tournament, UConn faced Texas State in a pair of games and had their fair share of struggles. The Huskies could not get their offense going in game one against opposing pitcher Randi Rupp, who spun a complete game two-hitter en route to a 7-1 victory. Duggan allowed three runs over 4.2 innings and Chelsea Eckert struggled, allowing four runs over 1.1 innings of relief.
In game two of the double-header, Rupp dominated again. UConn only recorded three hits in the game and Kayla Doty struggled on the mound for the Huskies. She surrendered nine runs on 14 hits over 5 innings. Texas State took a three-run lead in the first and never looked back on their way to a 9-0 win.
In UConn’s tournament finale Sunday morning, Samford grabbed a four run lead after two innings. UConn battled back behind a string of hits and a three-run home run by junior Heather Fyfe, but Samford answered in the seventh with four runs of their own, putting the game out of reach.
The Huskies (4-6) head to the Mizuno Classic in Stillwater, Oklahoma next weekend for a three game tournament.