PALO ALTO, Calif. - Freshman Katie Koshes pitched well on Saturday, allowing only two hits in her seven innings pitched from both games combined. Despite her effort, the UConn softball team was swept on day one of the Stanford Invitational.
The Huskies (5-9) fell to Cal Poly 3-0, while falling short of a late-game comeback in a 4-3 loss to Stanford in game two.
Also against Stanford, freshman Carissa Brizzi recorded her first-career home run with the Huskies, leading the offensive production.
Game 1 – Cal Poly 3, UConn 0
Freshman Carli Cutler pitched well through six innings, allowing only two earned runs, and recording four strikeouts. Koshes came in and was able to hold Cal Poly scoreless in the final inning, allowing no hits.
The game was a battle of the pitchers, as Sierra Hyland pitched well for the Cal Poly Mustangs. She allowed only two hits in seven innings, while posting seven strikeouts. The two hits belonged to senior Taylor Townsend and freshman Ashlee Dahman.
In the end, UConn had four players left on base and the game was always within reach. A lack of run support left the Huskies in this situation as they were able to get players on base but not able to bring them in to score.
The Mustangs got an early lead in the second inning, but were only up 1-0 until the fifth inning, which led to them going up 2-0. Finally, the sixth inning would deliver the final run of the game putting Cal Poly up 3-0 to best the Huskies.
Game 2 – Stanford 4, UConn 3
Koshes’ relief performance highlighted a near-comeback win for the Huskies, as she came in for sophomore Jill Stockley at the start of the third inning. At this point Stanford was up 4-0, but it would not score a single run on Koshes, only recording two hits in her five innings pitched.
Stanford came out swinging in the first two innings in which they recorded more than half of their hits for the entire game and scored two runs per inning.
Koshes kept the Huskies in it through the third and fourth scoreless innings, for both teams. Brizzi broke the shutout with her first-career home run as a Husky, which brought the score line to 4-1 as the fifth inning drew to a close.
The Huskies would finish strong scoring two more runs in the final inning. However, it was not enough, as a runner advanced to second and third, but Cutler popped out to second base and the game was over.
Despite the loss, UConn out-hit Stanford 9-5 and created numerous scoring opportunities with nine runners left on base.
The Huskies play another doubleheader in the Stanford Invitational on Sunday, playing Grand Canyon at 5:00 p.m. (ET) and Lehigh at 7:15 p.m. (ET).