Softball: Huskies get swept in USC Upstate Tournament

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The Huskies lost all four of their games in the University of South Carolina Upstate Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (File photo/The Daily Campus)

The Huskies lost all four of their games in the University of South Carolina Upstate Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (File photo/The Daily Campus)

It was not a good weekend for the Huskies, as they lost all four of their games in the University of South Carolina Upstate Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

It was about as rough a start as it possibly could have, with the Boston University Terriers putting up a three spot in the bottom of the first inning against the Huskies’ ace Jill Stockley. They extended the lead to four in the bottom of the third, but UConn responded in the next half-inning when Chloe Kearns smacked a bases clearing double to right.

However the momentum didn’t last long, and the Terriers extended the lead back up to three in the bottom half of the inning. They would add one more run in the sixth to bring their total up to seven, all while holding UConn scoreless the rest of the way.

The second game of the day against USC Upstate also got off to a rough start, and the Huskies were down 2-0 after the first inning. However, the Huskies answered right back, evening the game up on a Briana Marcelino two-run double in the top of the second inning.

The game continued scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Spartans finally managed to get to Marybeth Olson for the first time since the first inning, hammering a solo homer to left center. The Huskies were unable to score in the seventh despite a leadoff single from Kelli Bates, stranding the tying run at second base.

Day two in South Carolina was worse, as the Huskies started their day with a 9-3 loss to the Terriers. It was a scoreless game through two innings before BU exploded for two runs in the third and four runs in the fourth, knocking UConn’s starter Katie Koshes out of the game after just 3.1 innings and six earned runs.

That night, the Huskies managed their first lead of the weekend, jumping out to a 2-0 lead over USC Upstate thanks to Devon Casazza and the entire team’s first home run of the season.

Stockley also managed to keep the Spartans scoreless through the first four innings, but things imploded for her in the fifth. After giving up a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, the Spartans played small ball and managed to have four runners cross the plate before Stockley was pulled with two outs. UConn was unable to get anything going offensively and fell to the Spartans by a final score of 4-2.

This was certainly a weekend to forget for UConn softball.


Jorge Eckardt is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at jorge.eckardt@uconn.edu.

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