GREENVILLE, N.C. – The UConn softball team could not overcome a four-run first inning by ECU on Friday night, falling to the Pirates 4-1 for the second-straight day in American Athletic Conference play.
The Huskies (14-21, 1-6 American) were led by freshman Carli Cutler, who had her second-straight multi-hit performance. Sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley (5-9) got the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings of work.
Three UConn players had multiple hits, including Cutler’s 2-for-4 effort with an RBI. Junior Ryne Nakama and sophomore Kelli Bates each added two hits in the loss, UConn’s fifth-consecutive in conference play.
In the first inning, the Pirates recorded four straight hits off Stockley, ultimately plating four runs and putting the Huskies in a hole. Over the next five innings, Stockley held ECU scoreless and allowed just three hits.
Cutler’s RBI single in the third inning off ECU starter Lydia Ritchie scored Nakama, closing the gap to 4-1. Cutler’s two-hit game improves her team-best batting average to .333 and she is second on the team with 14 RBI.
The Huskies left nine runners on base throughout the game, having their share of chances, but unable to capitalize. With runners on base, UConn hitters were just 3-of-16 (.188) and with runners in scoring position, 1-for-9 (.111).
Kacie Oshiro went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Pirates, while Ritchie (14-10) struck-out four Huskies in her complete-game win.
UConn plays ECU in the series finale on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ET). Live stats and a live stream will be available.