By Aaron Esposito and Peter Harasyko
UConn pitcher Kayla Doty carried a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning Wednesday at Albany, making the Huskies’ 2-1 walk-off loss all the more heartbreaking.
The Huskies (10-21, 0-3 American) were unable to capitalize on one of the most impressive pitching performances of the season thus far. Doty struck out seven batters and allowed only two walks and one hit before surrendering a walk-off, two-run home run to Albany sophomore Elizabeth Snow after a leadoff walk. Doty fell to 2-5 on the season in nine starts and 15 total appearances.
Albany (13-7) struggled at the plate, but received solid performances of their own on the mound. The Great Danes used both of their standout freshmen pitchers on Wednesday. Erynn Sobieski got the start and produced results reflective of her season totals. She allowed eight Huskies to reach base in her four innings of work, but pitched out of jams and allowed only one run on a Dominique Pinto single in the third inning. Devin Durando pitched the final three innings for Albany and recorded her seventh win of the season.
Sophomore infielder Taylor Townsend shined at the plate for the Huskies by picking up three base hits in her three at-bats on the day. Senior third baseman Emily O’Donnell recorded two hits, a walk and a run, as she continues to spark the UConn offense. The loss comes at a tough time for the Huskies, who were swept by conference rival UCF over the weekend. The scuffling Huskies have an opportunity to bounce back and turn their season around on their home turf this weekend against American opponent USF.
After playing their first 31 games on the road, the Huskies will play six of their next nine at Burrill Family Field on campus in Storrs. It will be Jen McIntyre’s first home series as head coach at UConn. The three-game series against USF kicks off with a double-header Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.