FT. MYERS, Fla. – Junior pitcher Jill Stockley continued her impressive weekend for the UConn softball team on Sunday, but a lack of offense led to an extra-inning 2-1 loss to Florida Gulf Coast in the final game of the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.
The Huskies (7-7) finished the weekend with a 2-3 record, dropping their second-consecutive to FGCU (13-0). The Eagles scored the game-winning run in the eighth off Stockley (2-3), despite her brilliance in the circle.
In a complete-game effort, the third-year pitcher allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits to undefeated FGCU in seven innings of work. Stockley made three starts over the weekend, surrendering only three earned runs in 18.1 innings with a 1.15 ERA.
UConn’s offense produced five hits, but stranded seven base runners – including runners on the corners in a tied game in the sixth inning. Sophomore Carli Cutler led the charge, going 2-for-3 at the dish.
Trailing 1-0 after an RBI triple in the second inning by FGCU’s Bri Bennett, the Huskies tied the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Maura Glatczak. The first-year infielder went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Morgan White and Taylor Bauman were able to thwart UConn’s offensive attack, however, combining for five strikeouts and one walk in eight innings of work in the circle.
One of UConn’s scoring chances came in the fourth inning, when the Huskies pieced together three-straight hits with two outs to load the bases. FGCU made a pitching change, giving the ball to Bauman, who recorded the final out – leaving all three on base.
Down 1-0 in the sixth, UConn loaded the bases with no outs after hits by freshman Hollis Wivell and Cutler, plus a walk from sophomore Devon Casazza. However, the Huskies managed just one run on the sac fly by Glatczak, squeezed between a pair of fielder’s choice groundouts.
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In the eighth inning, with a runner placed on second, redshirt freshman Olivia Sappington was caught between second and third base after an error by the shortstop, eventually being tagged out. In the bottom half, FGCU brought around its runner to walk-off with the win.
Sappington and Cutler combined to go 11-for-31 (.355) at the plate this weekend, accounting for a home run, double and five RBI. In addition, Wivell and fellow freshman Briana Marcelino got significant playing time – hitting .364 and .375, respectively, in the five games.
The Huskies return to action next weekend in the I-75 Challenge in Atlanta, Ga., playing doubleheaders against Georgia State (March 2) and Georgia Tech (March 3). The weekend finale will be at Kennesaw State on Sunday, March 4.
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