Softball: Huskies dominate, outscore Hartford 28-1 in double header

The Huskies lost to UMass after a ninth inning run, ending with a final score of 8-1. Their next home game is on 4/2 against UMass. (Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus)

UConn softball played a double header on the road against the University of Hartford Tuesday and came away with two double-digit victories.

Game one was a perfect all-around game for the Huskies (13-18). Marybeth Olson pitched a five inning no hitter in which she struck out seven and walked just one batter. Olson recorded her seventh win of the season on her most dominant performance to date, giving her a 7-7 record in her sophomore campaign.

The bats were also on fire for the Huskies, giving Olson a ton of cushion to work with. Shortstop Briana Marcelino went a perfect 3-3 with double, a hit by pitch, a stolen base and three RBIs. Centerfielder Ashley Esty went 2-3 with a sacrifice fly, two RBIs and two runs scored. UConn went on to win game one 11-0.

The Huskies only elevated their offensive game in game two, winning this one 17-1. Marcelino capped off her perfect day at the plate by going 3-3 again, this time with a homerun, four RBIs and two runs scored. Kiwi McDaniel and Alexis Lemus also homered for UConn, with McDaniel contributing four RBIs in the game. Esty had another great game at the top of the order, going 3-3 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and three runs scored.

Katie Koshes spun two great innings for UConn, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout. She faced just seven batters to record six outs. Kylie Gavitt pitched the final three innings in relief, giving up just six hits and one earned run.

Gavitt has been pitching more as the season has gone on, and has established herself as a reliable member of the rotation. UConn has only allowed 11 runs on this five game road trip, in which they have gone 4-1.

The Huskies have a quick turnaround and a lot of games coming up. They come off of this double header with a home game against the University of Massachusetts Wednesday at 3 p.m.

This will be UConn’s sixth game in five days, as they also played a double header against Wichita State last Sunday. After an off day Thursday, they will have a three-game weekend series against the University of Memphis, giving them a total of nine games in nine days. If any team is up for the challenge, it’s this resilient, deep and well-coached group.


Sean Janos is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at sean.janos@uconn.edu.