MANSFIELD, Conn - The UConn softball team earned a doubleheader split against Hofstra on Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Athletic Complex, after determining the Burrill Family Field was unfit due to wet conditions.
The Huskies (13-16) grabbed the first game, 4-1, after a dominant complete-game outing by freshman Katie Koshes - her fifth time going the distance this season. In game two, Hofstra used an eight-run inning to propel itself to a 10-2 win in five innings.
Cutler extended her reaching base streak to 12 games, with her highlight on Wednesday coming in the form of a two-RBI double in the second game.
Game 1 - UConn 4, Hofstra 1
Koshes (6-3) hurled seven strong innings against the Pride in the first game, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven. She added to her team-high strikeout total, now with 87 this season.
Sadowl and Casazza both blasted home runs in the win, while freshman Kiwi McDaniel added an RBI single to complement Koshes in her outing. Four different Huskies recorded hits against Hofstra starter Sarah Cornell.
In a scoreless game in the second inning, McDaniel recorded a two-out RBI single to the right side of the infield - putting the Huskies ahead, 1-0. Sadowl's solo homer in the fourth inning provided UConn an insurance run.
Koshes retired 12 straight batters between the end of the third and start of the seventh innings, keeping the Pride in check. It was the fifth appearance this season where she struck-out at least seven hitters.
Five Hofstra runners were left on base throughout the game - resulting in the 12th time that the UConn pitching staff has allowed two runs or less in a game this season.
Game 2 - Hofstra 10, UConn 2 (F/5)
Cutler went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in game two, but an eight-run, seven-hit inning for Hofstra in the fifth led it past the Huskies - 10-2. McDaniel and sophomore Kelli Bates each added a hit in the loss.
Cutler (1-5) started in the circle for UConn, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Senior Kayla Doty and junior Chelsea Eckert got relief appearances in the shortened five-inning game.
Down 2-0 in the third inning, Cutler smacked a two-run double to tie the game off Hofstra's Alyssa Irons. She has 12 RBI this season, second-most on the team behind Sadowl's 15.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Pride took a 3-2 lead after a solo home run by Brielle Pietrafesa off Cutler in the fifth inning. Hofstra then exploded for seven more runs in the frame, resulting in the enforced mercy rule.
The Huskies continue American Athletic Conference play this weekend at Houston. The three-game set begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (ET).