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CONWAY, S.C. – For the second time in two days, the UConn softball team rolled past Northern Kentucky in a shortened game, as the Huskies split their Sunday doubleheader in the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
Four players recorded multi-hit games for the Huskies (5-7) in game two against Northern Kentucky, on their way to a convincing 11-0 win. UConn dropped the first game to North Dakota, 4-0.
Freshman Carli Cutler led the way against the Norse, going 2-for-3 with three RBI in the five-inning win, while freshman Devon Casazza had her fourth multi-hit performance of the season.
Behind the pitching of senior Kayla Doty and freshman Katie Koshes, UConn had a chance to win both games. The duo combined for 17 strikeouts on Sunday – including a career-high 10 for Koshes (Orange, Conn.)
Game 1 – North Dakota 4, UConn 0
Koshes’ brilliance on Sunday was shown through her 10-strikeout performance, but a lack of run support led to a 4-0 defeat to North Dakota.
In a scoreless game, North Dakota smacked back-to-back home runs off the UConn freshman to take a 3-0 lead. Those two hits were the only ones surrendered by Koshes in five innings of work, but proved the most costly.
North Dakota pitcher Kaylin VanDomelen hurled a no-hitter for the Fighting Hawks, allowing just UConn base runners via three walks – but stranded all three on base. The Husky bats were kept silent.
Junior Chelsea Eckert pitched one inning in relief of Koshes, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one.
Koshes falls to 0-2 on the season, but has a team-best 26 strikeouts in just 19 innings of work this season. UConn has scored just two total runs in both of her starts against Arkansas and North Dakota.
Game 2 – UConn 11, Northern Kentucky 0 (F/5)
Following Saturday’s 11-3 win over Northern Kentucky, the UConn bats woke up quickly for the second game on Sunday – recording 14 hits (second only this season to 15 hits on Saturday) in an 11-0 victory.
The Huskies helped Doty right from the start, scoring four runs in the first with help from a two-RBI double by Cutler – plating seniors Taylor Townsend and Valerie Sadowl. Casazza added a sacrifice fly, before a wild pitch scored Cutler from third.
UConn scored four more in the third, started once again by Cutler when she hit her first-career home run to lead off the frame. Freshman Chloe Kerns, in a pinch hitting spot, delivered a two-run single of her own.
Doty scattered nine hits in five innings of work, keeping the Norse scoreless. She struck-out seven batters, while walking just two in her first win of the season.
UConn plays in the Stanford Invitational on March 11 and 12 in Palo Alto, Calif., before heading to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Classic over spring break.
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