It was a chilly spring Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, but UConn’s bats were even colder. The Huskies struck out ten times in their 4-1 loss to Boston College.
Starting pitcher Jill Stockley was solid in her outing, giving up only two earned runs in the contest, but the Huskies offense couldn’t provide enough run support for their starter.
UConn (15-25, 2-7 the American) had plenty of opportunities to even the game up, but went 0-11 with runners on base, going 0-9 with runners in scoring position on the day.
Catcher Emme Martinez put Boston College on the board first in the opening frame with a single that brought home outfielder C.C. Cook, who doubled in the previous at-bat.
Stockley put the Eagles down in order the next two innings, and all was quiet in the game until the fourth, when she gave up a double to designated hitter Carly Severini. The next couple at-bats were on the stranger side, as a catcher’s interference call and an error in the outfield plated two runs in the inning.
UConn struck back in the fifth inning when senior Ryne Nakama led off the frame with a double into left field to break up Boston College starter Jessica Breswick’s no-hit bid.
The designated hitter advanced to third on an Emily Casazza grounder, then was sent home by Briana Marcelino with a sacrifice fly, plating UConn’s only run of the game and quickly cutting Boston College’s lead in half.
A pair of doubles by the Eagles in the very next inning pushed their lead back to two, but Stockley set down the next three batters in order, limiting the damage done.
UConn put the lead runner on base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but just couldn’t convert, getting sent down in order in both instances.
UConn softball will be in action next on Friday at 4 p.m., kicking off its series against ECU in what promises to be a beautiful weekend for softball.
Luke Swanson is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.