Due to the Easter holiday, UConn softball played their first game of the series on Thursday. After falling 4-0 to Eastern Carolina, the Huskies went on to suffer a series sweep for the second consecutive weekend. With the sweep by Houston last weekend, UConn’s record in the American Conference falls to 1-7.
Game two of the series kicked off on Friday with a 4-1 loss to ECU. Jill Stockley started in the circle for UConn, coming off a complete game effort in Storrs the previous Tuesday. She would go six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. The Huskies’ offense saw a spark in game two, but were unable to capitalize. Multi-hit games from Carli Cutler, Ryne Nakama and Kelli Bates were not enough to give UConn the lead.
The Pirates got off to an early start, recording four straight hits off Stockley in the first inning. These hits plated four runs. Stockley kept ECU scoreless for the rest of her outing, but UConn left nine runners stranded during the game. Cutler hit an RBI-single in the third inning, accounting for UConn’s only run. This game improved her team-leading .333 batting average. The 4-1 score would go final as the Huskies lost their fifth consecutive American matchup.
The struggle to bring runners home would continue in game three as Chelsea Eckert got the start in the circle. She pitched an impressive six innings, allowing two runs and three hits. The runs came home due to a two-run homerun in the fourth. Eckert stranded four runners to hold ECU to two runs but would get the loss as UConn fell 2-1.
Despite her efforts, the offense failed to produce, stranding nine runners for the second consecutive game. Nakama recorded another multi-hit game alongside Chloe Kerns. Cutler had yet another impressive game, going 1-for-1 and walking three times. But the one run scored by the Huskies during the game came off the bat of Bates, who hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The RBI was followed by a scoring opportunity with runners on first and third and only one out. However Emma Stanley and Taylor Townsend both flied out, failing to capitalize on the opportunity.
Up next for the Huskies is a five-game homestand. UMass is scheduled for Tuesday and Fairleigh Dickinson for Wednesday, both at 4:00 p.m. at Burrill Family Field. Tulsa will then fly in for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday.
Rachel Schaefer is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.