The UConn softball team dropped another one-run game to Quinnipiac on Wednesday, coming out on the wrong end of a 5-4 decision. The Huskies pounded out 10 hits, but their rally fell just short.
Senior righty Lauren Duggan (10-13) got the start for the Huskies, going 6.1 innings, surrendering seven hits, all five runs and striking out six. Quinnipiac struck in the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a home run from pitcher Sydney Robey and an RBI double by Molly Jarrett.
UConn responded in the fourth with two runs of their own. With runners on second and third, Dominique Pinto singled to second base. With one runner already in, Quinnipiac threw the ball away, allowing a second UConn run to score.
Quinnipiac would retake the lead in the fifth, scoring two on a wild pitch and a groundout to second. UConn got one run back in the bottom half of the inning, but ultimately missed a golden opportunity to take the lead. After an RBI single by sophomore Taylor Townsend, the Huskies loaded the bases with just one out. However, two ground balls ended UConn’s threat.
After two hits and one run in the top of the seventh, head coach Jen McIntyre brought in freshman Chelsea Eckert to finish the game for UConn.
“At that point, I thought that with our matchups, that Chelsea could come in and close the door, which she did,” said McIntyre.
Emily O’Donnell cut the deficit to one in the seventh, knocking in Townsend with a double to right, but the Huskies could muster no more. Despite ten hits, including a three-hit performance by Townsend, the Huskies could not bring across the tying run.
“I’m never happy unless he have one more run than the other team. I thought that they swung the bats pretty well,” said McIntyre, “but it’s just a matter of coming through, getting runners in scoring position and somebody coming up with a big hit. It’s a matter of timely hitting.”
McIntyre acknowledged that it was not the team’s first close loss of the season. The loss was UConn’s 17th one-run game of the season, and their 11th one-run loss.
“They’re right there. It’s a funny game. It’s a matter of timely hits and getting all three parts – pitching, offense, and defense – to click together.”
UConn (17-31) is back in action at home on Thursday against UMass. The Minutewomen (15-24) have struggled on the road this season, and UConn will look to notch one more win before heading into their final conference series this weekend against Tulsa. First pitch at Burrill Family Field is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.