SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The UConn softball team picked up a pair of wins over Bryant in Wednesday’s doubleheader at Conaty Park, as all-around strong pitching gave the Husky bats an opportunity to take advantage.
In the second game, freshman Katie Koshes and senior Kayla Doty combined to throw a no-hitter – the 38th in program history – as part of a 9-0 win in a shortened five-inning contest due to a mercy rule.
It was the first no-hitter for the Huskies (11-14) since Lauren Duggan tossed one on April 14, 2015 against Hartford. Koshes and Doty were also aided by nine runs and 14 hits from the offense to secure the victory.
Freshman Kiwi McDaniel went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in both games on Wednesday, while three other players each recorded three hits. UConn outhit Bryant, 20-5, in both games.
Game 1 – UConn 2, Bryant 1
Sophomore Jill Stockley’s brilliant pitching performance, allowing just one run on five hits in 6.1 innings in the circle, helped lead the Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Bryant in the first game on Wednesday.
Freshman Chloe Kerns delivered the pivotal insurance run for UConn, adding to a then 1-0 lead with her second home run of the season in the top of the sixth. McDaniel went 2-for-2, including a double, in the first game.
Five different players had hits for the Huskies, including the team’s hits leader and redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl, who scored UConn’s first run in the second inning. She reached base on a walk and eventually scored on an error by Bryant catcher Bianca Mastropietro.
Stockley left six Bryant runners on base, as she struck-out four and walked just two in her team-high ninth start of the season. Koshes earned her first save, recording the final pair of outs.
The Bulldogs had runners on first and third with one out in the seventh inning, which is when Koshes took over for Stockley. The freshman lefty added to her team-best strikeout total this season, striking out the final two batters.
Sophomore Kelli Bates and freshman Carli Cutler each recorded a hit in the win. The Huskies left seven runners on base throughout the contest.
Game 2 – UConn 9, Bryant 0
Koshes and Doty combined to throw a no-hitter in a five-inning game due to the eight-run mercy rule against Bryant, leading the Huskies to a 9-0 victory and doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs.
The UConn offense produced 14 hits – one short of a season-high – as the Huskies cruised in the second game of the day. Koshes (4-3) picked up the win, striking out five and walking four in four shutout innings.
Doty pitched the final frame in her third appearance of the season, putting the Bulldogs down in order to secure the win while keeping Bryant without a hit.
Four players had multi-hit games for the Huskies, while 10 batters had at least one hit against Bryant starter Colby Norris. Eight players chipped in RBI, with freshman Carissa Brizzi producing two on a fourth-inning triple.
The Huskies scored multiple runs in the first, third and fourth innings, jumping out to an early lead against the Bulldogs. Kerns, Sadowl and sophomore Taylor Smith got the game started with RBI in the first inning – putting UConn ahead, 3-0.
McDaniel contributed an RBI single in the second, before Cutler smacked an RBI double in the third – scoring junior Ryne Nakama.
Brizzi’s triple in the fourth was followed by a pinch-hit RBI single from sophomore Ally Hernandez, rounding-out the carousel of scoring for the Huskies.
UConn’s pitching and defense stranded six Bryant runners on base, earning the Huskies their fourth shutout victory of the season.
COMING UP NEXT
American Athletic Conference play begins this weekend, as USF comes to town for a three-game set in Storrs. Friday’s game is at 3 p.m. (ET), but stay tuned for weather-related changes.