MYERS, Fla. - Pitching efficiency, combined with clutch hits and some flashy leather, helped the UConn softball team cruise to a doubleheader sweep of Wright State, 8-1, and Stony Brook, 2-1, on Saturday in the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.
Starting pitchers Jill Stockley (2-2) and Marybeth Olson (3-2) both earned complete-game victories, recording 14 strikeouts and just one walk on another effective day in the circle for the Huskies (7-6).
Sophomore infielder Carli Cutler led the charge with a team-high three RBI on the day, while Briana Marcelino and Hollis Wivell - a pair of freshmen from Connecticut - each had two hits in the doubleheader.
UConn bounced back from a sweep on Friday in dominant fashion, as it never trailed against the Raiders or Seawolves. The Husky defense also showed up, turning a pair of double plays - one in each game.
The Huskies recorded six hits with runners in scoring position, capitalizing on its chances in a more effective fashion than on Friday. Five different players recorded RBI against Wright State and Stony Brook.
The weekend finale will be on Sunday against host Florida Gulf Coast. First pitch will be at noon at the FGCU Softball Complex.
— UConn Softball (@UConnSoftball) February 24, 2018
Game 1 - UConn 8, Wright State 1
The Huskies recorded a season-high 11 hits by 11 different players, as they took advantage of three-run innings in the third and sixth to cruise past the Raiders in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at the FGCU Softball Complex.
Clutch two-RBI singles were delivered by sophomores Carli Cutler and Kiwi McDaniel, while a pair of runs were scored by both redshirt freshman Olivia Sappington and sophomore Kelli Bates, in the 8-1 win.
Junior pitcher Jill Stockley (2-2) allowed one run (none earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts in her complete-game win. She stranded 10 runners on base for Wright State, while the Huskies capitalized on scoring chances.
Senior infielder Emma Stanley got the scoring started in the third inning with an RBI single that plated Sappington. Later in the frame, Cutler recorded a two-RBI base hit to extend the lead, 3-0.
UConn expanded its lead further in the sixth, when McDaniel had a pinch-hit two-RBI single that pushed the advantage to 5-1. Sophomore catcher Devon Casazza added an RBI hit to make it 6-1.
In the final inning, freshman Reese Guevarra smacked an RBI double - her first run batted in of the season. Just one player in the order did not record a hit for UConn, as the Huskies scored eight runs (seven earned) with 11 hits and drawing five walks.
-- UConn Softball (@UConnSoftball) February 24, 2018
Game 2 - UConn 2, Stony Brook 1
Saturday's 2-1 win over Stony Brook began and ended with Marybeth Olson in the circle, as she struck-out 10 and walked none in her complete-game effort for the Huskies. She added to her stunning strikeout-to-walk ratio this season of 39-to-1.
Olson rolled for the most part, surrendering just five hits and stranding three runners on base. Though UConn's offense produced only three hits, it scored all the runs that its pitcher needed to get the win.
Over the final two frames, Olson faced just six batters - aided by a 4-6-3 double play turned by the UConn infield of Ryne Nakama, Briana Marcelino and Emma Stanley in the sixth inning to face the batter minimum.
The Huskies first got the scoring started in the first inning, when Wivell stole second base, forcing an error on the Stony Brook shortstop and plating Olivia Sappington from third base. The Seawolves tied the game in the third with a sacrifice fly.
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