HOUSTON, Texas – Sunday’s series finale at Houston was a tough one for UConn softball, as redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl recorded two hits in a 22-0 loss to the Cougars in a five-inning game.
The Huskies (13-19, 1-4 American) were swept by Houston on their first road trip of the American Athletic Conference season. Freshman pitcher Katie Koshes (6-5) picked up the loss on Sunday.
It was just one of those days for UConn, as the Houston bats connected for 16 hits – while scoring runs early and often – to win by mercy rule after five frames. The Cougars scored in each inning, including a 10-spot in the third.
All five pitchers on the UConn roster entered the game, including Koshes for a relief outing after she was pulled in the first inning. It was her 11th start of the season for the Huskies, tying sophomore Jill Stockley for a team-high.
Houston knocked Koshes out of the game in the first inning, after she surrendered four runs on four hits – including a three-run home run to Savannah Heebner, Houston’s starting pitcher.
Stockley worked out of the first inning, but was pulled in the second when freshman Carli Cutler entered the game. Houston scored six runs in the frame, as Heebner hit a grand slam to contribute to her game-high seven RBI.
Six Cougars had multi-RBI games, as Cutler, junior Chelsea Eckert and senior Kayla Doty struggled to get out of the 10-run third inning.
Sophomore Kelli Bates recorded a single in the loss, while Sadowl added her hits in the second and fifth innings. Cutler’s 14-game streak of reaching base came to an end with her 0-for-2 performance.
The Huskies will open play at the Burrill Family Field on Tuesday when Boston College comes to town. First pitch will be at 4 p.m. (ET).
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