COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Connecticut softball team fell, 9-1, to Kennesaw State in six innings in Friday’s Gamecock Invitational opener in Columbia, S.C. With the setback, the Huskies drop to 3-12, while the Owls jump to 11-2.
Freshman righty Jill Stockley took the hill in UConn’s first game of the tournament and lasted 1.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. KSU’s Logan Viers earned her sixth win for the Owls, tossing 3.0 innings of one-run ball.
Kate Sims notched the Huskies’ first hit of the game in the top of the second inning when she singled to center field and advanced to second on the throw but UConn could not get her home.
The Owls grabbed a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second, putting together four-straight hits on three RBI singles and a two-run double.
The Huskies responded in the third after loading the bases with one out. Alyssa Gardea reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop and a muffed throw by the second baseman allowed Dominique Pinto to score.
However, KSU extended its lead with a solo home run by Megan Veringa in the bottom of the fifth.
Connecticut threatened in the sixth after Gifford singled through the left side and Ryne Nakama reached on a fielder’s choice to third base but the Huskies had a hard time getting much else going.
The Owls closed the game with three more singles to plate the final three runs of the afternoon for a decisive 9-1 victory.
Bates went 2-for-2 on the day, extending her hitting streak to four games in the setback.
The squad continues tournament play on Saturday, March 5 when it faces host South Carolina at 4 p.m.