STORRS, Conn. – Freshman Kiwi McDaniel provided the offense and sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley held down the pitching circle, as the UConn softball team snapped a four-game losing skid on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Boston College.
In the first true home game of the season for the Huskies (14-19, 1-4 American) at the Burrill Family Field, Stockley (5-8) turned in a complete-game win – striking out five and walking just one over seven innings.
McDaniel went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a clutch two-out RBI single in the second inning to tie the game at that point. She becomes the fourth Husky to record double-digit RBI this season (11).
Junior Emma Stanley also had a multi-hit game, her second of the season, as the designated player hitting out of the seven-spot. Senior Taylor Townsend and sophomore Ally Hernandez each added singles in the win.
The Eagles struck first against Stockley, scoring one run apiece in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0. McDaniel answered in the second, though, smacking a two-RBI single with two outs, plating Townsend and Stanley.
McDaniel struck again in the fourth, blasting a double to left-center field – scoring freshman Ashlee Dahman – to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead.
That was all the offense Stockley needed, as she held the Eagles scoreless for the last five innings of the game. Despite Boston College getting runners in scoring position in both the fifth and sixth innings, Stockley came up clutch to maintain the lead. She stranded seven Eagles' runner in the game.
McDaniel made a great play in the sixth, sprinting to her right and snagging a groundball, before firing it to first to end the frame, preventing the Eagles’ runner at third from scoring.
Stockley pitched a perfect seventh inning to record her fourth complete game of the season. For the Huskies, the win snaps a four-game losing skid heading into another American Athletic Conference weekend.
UConn travels to play at ECU from Thursday through Saturday for a three-game set, prior to Easter on Sunday. It looks to keep the momentum rolling as league play rolls on.