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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley pitched five no-hit innings on Friday night against Marist, but a five-run sixth inning for the Red Foxes was too much for the UConn softball team to overcome in the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
The Huskies (8-14) fell to Marist, 5-0, despite Stockley’s efforts – which included five strikeouts, matching a season-high. UConn had three hits and left four runners on base throughout the game, dropping its second meeting with Marist this week.
Freshman Carli Cutler extended her hitting streak to five games, but UConn struggled against Marist pitcher Megan Beiermeister and her complete-game effort. Sophomore Kelli Bates and junior Ryne Nakama had the other two hits for the Huskies.
Friday night’s pitchers’ duel came down to the sixth inning, when Marist posted five runs, knocking Stockley and freshman pitcher Katie Koshes out of the game. Junior Chelsea Eckert came on to finish things up for UConn.
With two RBI singles, a costly error and four walks, the Red Foxes took control in the sixth after not recording a hit for the first five innings off Stockley. The UConn sophomore allowed four runs (three earned) on just two hits in 5.1 innings in the circle.
Nakama doubled in the third inning with two outs, giving the Huskies a chance to break the scoreless tie at the time. However, a groundout by Bates ended the threat and UConn’s only time with a runner in scoring position.
UConn pitchers did the best they could at helping the cause, stranding 10 Marist runners on base throughout the game, including the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings. However, the Huskies’ hitting woes continued.
The Huskies look to end their losing skid at four games when they play Harvard on Saturday in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET).
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