KENNESAW, Ga. – Junior pitcher Jill Stockley posted one of her best outings of the season on Sunday, allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings of work, but the UConn softball team couldn’t muster enough offense in a 2-1 loss to Kennesaw State in the I-75 Challenge.
Senior infielder Emma Stanley contributed with an RBI single in the fourth inning to put the Huskies (7-12) ahead, but the Owls walked-off in the seventh inning with an RBI double from Olivia Tamewitz – handing UConn its sixth-straight loss.
The seven-game hitting streak of freshman Briana Marcelino was snapped on Sunday, as she went 0-for-2 with a walk against Kennesaw State pitching. Abigail Green picked up the win for the Owls, picking up three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
In a tied game in the seventh, the Owls got a runner to second base with one out – leading to the removal of Stockley for freshman pitcher Marybeth Olson. Olson, who made her seventh relief appearance of the season, surrendered the game-winning hit to Tamewitz.
Hanging onto a 1-0 lead after five scoreless innings, Stockley finally showed a sign of vulnerability by allowing a solo home run to Noelle Winkles in the sixth – tying the game heading into the seventh.
Stockley made her eighth start of the season and has pitched a team-high 47.2 innings through the first 19 games. She is credited with the loss after allowing a single to Jessie Mullen to begin the seventh.
UConn left seven runners on base, including a pair in the first inning after walks by freshman Hollis Wivell and Marcelino. In the fourth, already ahead 1-0, UConn had runners on first and third with two outs – but stranded both.
The Huskies return to action on Friday in the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame Classic, beginning with a doubleheader against Drake and Pacific.
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