The UConn softball team took on the Eagles of Boston College on Wednesday, and walked away on the losing side of a 5-0 decision. Boston College starter Allyson Frei pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight en route to her 15th win of the year. Jessica Dreswick came on in relief in the sixth and pitched two perfect innings to seal the game for the Eagles.
Senior Lauren Duggan got the start for the Huskies, lasting 5.2 innings before being relieved by freshman Chelsea Eckert. Duggan (9-11) surrendered nine hits and five runs, while striking out four and walking two.
BC got their first two runs in the first inning, loading the bases with a hit-by-pitch, an error and a single. Jordan Chimento then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring two – one on the sac fly itself and another after the throw home bounced away from catcher Jacklyn Dubois.
In the bottom half of the first, junior Alyssa Gardea doubled down the left field line, recording UConn’s only hit of the ballgame. Things stayed quiet until the top of the sixth, when Boston College put the game beyond reach with three runs on five hits.
UConn takes on Fairfield on Thursday and will not have much time to get the hitting back on track. But according to head coach Jen McIntyre, the team will do what they need to regain their focus.
“I think offense is all about adjustment,” McIntyre said. “Obviously, we were on the cold side of it today, but the good part about when you’re swinging is you have an opportunity to learn from it, adjust and keep the focus on your next at-bat.”
She also praised Boston College’s Frei and Dreswick, who combined for a one-hitter with nine strikeouts.
“They both did a nice job,” McIntyre said. [Frei] had a nice screwball, she kept coming in on us, and she did a nice job.”
But McIntyre stressed that there were positives to take out of the loss. She was impressed with Eckert, who has pitched well in relief this season, as well as the team’s overall defense.
“I thought Chelsea did a really nice job in relief. She came in and closed the door down, and got us a couple of pop ups,” McIntyre said. “Alyssa [Gardea] did a really nice job in center field coming after them, and it was good to see.”
The Huskies will travel down to Fairfield tomorrow to take on the Stags. Fairfield (15-19, 10-4 MAAC) struggled early in the season, but has really hit their stride in conference play. Even though it’s a midweek, out of conference game, McIntyre is excited to get back out on the field.
However, the Huskies will likely be without star third baseman Emily O’Donnell, who missed Wednesday’s game with an undisclosed medical issue.
“She, right now, is out medically, and we’re evaluating that,” McIntyre said.
First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Fairfield University.