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Clutch Hit Leads UConn to Win Over North Texas

Six players record hits for UConn on Tuesday.
Six players record hits for UConn on Tuesday.
March 13, 2018

Final Stats

DENTON, Texas – Freshman infielder Sam Barnett kept up her hot streak at the plate on Tuesday, recording the go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning for the UConn softball team on its way to a 2-1 victory over North Texas at Lovelace Stadium.

The Huskies (10-15) bounced-back from a loss in the final game of the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday, as they began the second half of their spring break trip with a win over the Mean Green (9-12).

In a 1-1 game, Barnett came up with two outs in the fifth with sophomore Carli Cutler on second base. After a lengthy at-bat, the freshman smacked a single up the middle – scoring Cutler and giving the Huskies a 2-1 edge. Over the past five games, Barnett has accounted for a team-high four RBI.

Junior pitcher Jill Stockley (4-6) hurled a three-hitter in her complete-game effort, striking out five batters and walking only one. She stranded three runners on base in the contest and saw her team-best ERA dip to 1.97 this season.

Stockley retired the final nine batters of the game, while coming up clutch in the fifth inning when North Texas pushed a runner to second base on a sacrifice bunt. She recorded the final two outs, maintaining UConn’s one-run lead.

North Texas’ sole run came on a homer by Sam Rea in the third inning, putting UConn in an early 1-0 hole. In the top of the fourth, UConn responded after leadoff hits by freshman Briana Marcelino and senior Emma Stanley resulted in an RBI groundout by sophomore Devon Casazza – her team-best 11th RBI of the season.

In the fifth, Cutler singled to start the inning and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Reese Guevarra. Two batters later, Barnett brought home Cutler on a single off pitcher Hope Trautwein to give UConn a permanent lead.  

Guevarra went 2-for-3 at the dish, her second multi-hit game of the season. Each of the first six batters in the UConn lineup recorded a hit against the Mean Green, going a combined 7-for-20 (.350).


UConn travels to College Station for a weekend at No. 7/9 Texas A&M. The Huskies play the Aggies on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET, before a doubleheader on Friday against Marist (1:15 p.m. ET) and Texas A&M (6:15 p.m. ET).

Games against the Aggies will be streamed on WatchESPN. UConn finishes the weekend against Marist on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET.