UConn softball had a disappointing weekend in metro Atlanta, dropping all five games of the I-75 classic, losing to Georgia State twice, Georgia Tech twice and Kennesaw State.
In game one of the tournament against Georgia State, pitchers Katie Koshes and Jill Stockley combined for four scoreless innings, eight strikeouts and allowed just two runs overall, but UConn’s anemic offense just couldn’t break through and the Huskies fell 2-0.
The Huskies had four hits against Panthers’ ace Emily Soles but had a tough time converting them into numbers on the board, batting 1-8 with runners on base and 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
UConn finally started converting those hits into runs in the second game of the doubleheader against Georgia State, but this time is was unexpectedly the starting pitching that sunk the Huskies 9-7.
Olivia Sappington and Carli Cutler had the best offensive performances of the day for the Huskies, both going going 3-4 with the former hitting a homerun and the latter mashing a pair of them. Kiwi McDaniel also had herself a day, going 2-4 with a single and a double.
Freshman Marybeth Olson hit her first bump in the road as a starter, getting knocked around for 11 hits and eight earned runs through 4.1 innings.
UConn’s luck didn’t turn around much on Saturday as the Huskies were swept once again, this time by Georgia Tech.
Freshman Briana Marcelino was the lone bright spot in the Huskies’ lineup, extending her hit streak to seven games with a single in the top of the sixth inning. Marcelino reached base twice on the night, but no UConn hitter was able to get her or anyone else across home plate.
Georgia Tech starter Emily Anderson was in her bag, striking out six Huskies, walking two, and only giving up the aforementioned hit on the way to her seventh win of the season.
The second game of the day was a similar story until the top of the sixth inning. UConn trailed 3-0 when Emily Casazza stepped up to the plate and struck the ball into right center for a two-out double that cut the deficit to one. The Huskies couldn’t get much going past that, however, and fell again to the Jackets 3-2.
Marcelino was once again the star of UConn’s lineup, going 2-3 on the day with two singles and a run.
The Huskies put up one last fight on Sunday against Kennesaw State, but they fell again, this time to a walk-off double in the seventh.
Designated hitter Emma Stanley had the best night out of any UConn player, going 2-3 with a single and a double to drive in the Huskies’ only run of the afternoon.
UConn will be in action next on Friday, taking part in the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame Challenge against Drake at 2:30 p.m Friday.
Luke Swanson is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.