CONWAY, S.C. – Senior infielder Emma Stanley went 5-for-6 at the plate on Saturday, but the UConn softball team was swept in doubleheader action on the first day of the Battle at the Beach Tournament on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
The Huskies (3-4) lost to Kent State in the first game, 10-0, before falling to host Coastal Carolina in the second game, 6-0. Sophomore pitcher Katie Koshes matched a career-high with 13 strikeouts against the Chanticleers in game two.
After a strong opening weekend in Jacksonville, UConn’s pitching staff combined for just a 5.92 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs on 15 hits over 13 innings of work. Junior pitcher Jill Stockley made the start in game one against Kent State.
Another doubleheader is on tap Sunday, as UConn faces Robert Morris (10:45 a.m.) and Rider (12:45 p.m.) in the final day of the Battle at the Beach.
Game 1 – Kent State 10, UConn 0
UConn’s three-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday morning, as Kent State’s bats came alive late to run away with a 10-0 win. Stockley (1-2) picked up the loss for the Huskies, surrendering nine runs in the final two innings.
Stanley went 3-for-3 at the dish, but UConn left seven runners on base – unable to generate any offense off starting pitcher Madi Huck, who allowed just five hits in the complete-game win.
Trailing just 1-0 through five innings, Kent State opened up a bigger lead with three runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh. UConn’s defense committed four errors in the game, resulting in five unearned runs charged to Stockley.
Allie Luther provided the offense for the Golden Flashes, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, including a three-run homer in the sixth off Stockley.
Game 2 – Coastal Carolina 6, UConn 0
A Connecticut pitching duel took place in the second game, as Katie Koshes (Orange, Conn.) and Ashley Guillette (Oxford, Conn.) faced-off when the Huskies played Coastal Carolina and lost by a 6-0 margin.
Despite the loss, Koshes showed strong command – striking out 13 batters throughout the game. She matched her career-high achieved in a 1-0 win over USF last season on April 2, 2016 in Mansfield. She allowed six runs on four hits Saturday.
The Huskies fell into a 4-0 hole in the second inning when Courtney Dean hit a grand slam off Koshes, her first of two on the day. UConn left four runners on base, as Stanley had another nice game, going 2-for-3.
Cutler and redshirt freshman Olivia Sappington added hits in the loss, as Guillette went the distance for Coastal – striking out five and allowing only four hits in a complete-game win.
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