CONWAY, S.C. – Much like in Jacksonville, the UConn softball team struggled on the first day of the Battle at the Beach Tournament, but rebounded on day two with a doubleheader sweep of Robert Morris and Rider on Sunday afternoon.
Complete-game shutouts from freshman Marybeth Olson and senior Chelsea Eckert led the Huskies (5-4) to a pair of low-scoring victories at the CCU Softball Complex, including 1-0 over Robert Morris and 3-0 against Rider.
Olson (2-1) and Eckert (1-0) combined for a dominant 20-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio throughout the day, surrendering just six hits in 14 innings of work. Opponents hit just .122 at the plate against the UConn hurlers.
Sophomore Devon Casazza hit her first home run of the season in the second inning against Robert Morris, a run that proved to be the game-winner. Sophomores Kiwi McDaniel and Ashlee Dahman also contributed RBI on Sunday.
The Huskies finish the weekend with a 2-2 record and now prepare for a five-game weekend in the FGCU Softball Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. (Feb. 23-25).
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Game 1 – UConn 1, Robert Morris 0
UConn managed just three hits off RMU starter Laura Coulter in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, but it was enough with Marybeth Olson in the circle, as the first-year pitcher struck-out nine and allowed just two hits in a 1-0 victory.
Casazza came up with the big play, smacking the first home run of the season for any UConn player in the second frame to give the Huskies a 1-0 edge.
Olson stranded four RMU runners throughout the game, while she earned her second win of the season behind limited run support. In six appearances this season, Olson has a 0.40 ERA in 17.1 innings of work and a 21-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Sophomore Carli Cutler added a hit in the win, while freshman Briana Marcelino got her first-career single in game one.
Game 2 – UConn 3, Rider 0
In her second start of the season, Chelsea Eckert rolled through Rider’s lineup on her way to the complete-game win – and a new career-high with 11 strikeouts – to seal UConn’s doubleheader sweep on Sunday.
Five different players recorded hits for the Huskies, including senior Emma Stanley, who personally capped-off a great weekend of hitting with a 1-for-3 game and a run scored. Kiwi McDaniel got the Huskies on the board in the first inning with an RBI groundout.
Eckert allowed just one walk and four hits, leaving all five runners on base and recording more than half the outs for the entire game by herself. She struck-out the side in the fifth inning.
The Huskies tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh, beginning with a sacrifice fly from Ashlee Dahman. A few pitches later, Carli Cutler scored from third base on a wild pitch by Rider, making it 3-0.
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