HOUSTON, Texas – Freshman Carli Cutler reached base for the 13th-straight game on Friday evening, but the UConn softball team was unable to get the offense going in a 4-0 loss to Houston at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
The Huskies (13-17, 1-2 American), who dropped their second game in American Athletic Conference play, were led by Cutler’s 2-for-3 performance at the plate. The rest of the team went 0-for-18.
Freshman Katie Koshes (6-4) allowed four runs on six hits in five innings of work against the Cougars, striking out seven batters throughout the contest. She has a team-high 94 strikeouts this season.
Houston starting pitcher Savannah Heebner earned the complete-game win, surrendering just two hits in the victory. Arielle James went 3-for-4 to lead the Cougars at the plate against Koshes.
In the first three innings of the game, Koshes and Heebner kept both sides scoreless in what appeared to be a pitcher’s duel. Houston struck first in the fourth inning, taking a 1-0 lead after a sacrifice fly.
It was a three-run, five-hit frame for the Cougars in the fifth inning – aided by a pair of UConn errors – that broke the game open. Houston scored all three runs on the same play, as both Husky throwing errors cleared the bases.
Houston tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning off junior pitcher Chelsea Eckert, resulting in the 6-0 final. The Huskies left two runners on base throughout the game, while Houston stranded seven.
The second game of the series between UConn and Houston will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET). First pitch will be broadcast on the American Digital Network.
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