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Aces softball finishes weekend with win over UConn

STILLWATER, OK (WFIE) -

Purple Aces starting pitcher Amanda Blankenship threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on four hits to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a 5-2 win over the University of Connecticut on Sunday morning in the final game of the Mizuno Classic.

Blankenship won her fifth game of the season as her complete game effort featured four strikeouts over the course of the game.

Leading the way for the UE (6-17) offense was Mickaela Fleming.  She was 1-2 for the day with a 3-run home run in the third inning.  Also hitting a home run was Danielle Freeman.  Batting cleanup, Freeman was 1-for-4 with a solo shot.  Batting .500 with two home runs and 3 RBIs on the weekend, Freeman was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Lexi Gifford paced the Husky (6-9) offense.  She had two of their four hits.  She was 2-3 off of Blankenship.

After a pair of scoreless innings, the Aces struck first in the top of the third as Fleming hit her third home run of the year.  Michal Luckett opened up the frame with a single before a 1-out Freeman single pushed Luckett to second.  That brought Fleming to the plate where she hit her third knock of the year to give the Aces the lead.

Blankenship was rolling at that point.  She did not give up a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning when Lexi Gifford singles with two outs.  The next inning, the Huskies offense came through with their first run on a Taylor Townsend homer to get within two at 3-1.

In the top of the seventh, the Aces added some insurance as a Freeman home run before Ashlee Kawall scored on an error.  UConn scored once in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to defeat the Aces, who took the 5-2 win.

Next weekend, the Aces are set to open up their home and Missouri Valley Conference schedule against Loyola.  The weekend starts off with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before a noon game on Sunday.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

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