STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team snapped a three-game losing skid on Tuesday, defeating UMass, 7-1, in non-conference action behind a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley and timely hitting from sophomore Kelli Bates.
The Huskies (15-22, 1-7 American) moved to 2-0 when playing at the Burrill Family Field this season, due in large part to Stockley’s performance. She stranded eight UMass runners over six innings, allowing just one run on six hits.
Six different players recorded hits for UConn, including Bates, who delivered a clutch two-out RBI single in the second inning – giving the Huskies an early 2-0 lead.
“Our focus yesterday in practice was RBI hitting and to see it start in the second inning for us was huge,” said head coach Jen McIntyre.
Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl, senior Taylor Townsend and junior Ryne Nakama each added RBI in the victory. The Huskies plated four runs on a bases loaded walk, hit by pitch, and a pair of illegal pitches by UMass starter Candace Denis.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Our goal is to always take care of the region and UMass was coming in hot, so we were looking to take them down,” said McIntyre.
Bates smacked her single in the second inning off Denis, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead. UConn added two more runs in the fourth when Nakama walked and Townsend was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Stockley (6-9) left a pair of runners on base in the third and fifth innings, helping the Huskies maintain their lead. With the win, she ties freshman pitcher Katie Koshes with a team-high six wins this season.
Koshes pitched a scoreless seventh, getting in her first work since the initial game of the ECU series last Thursday. She picked up two strikeouts, giving her 100 for the season – the first UConn pitcher to achieve that feat since Kiki Saveriano in 2013.
UConn continues its five-game homestand on Wednesday against Fairleigh Dickinson. First pitch is at 4 p.m. (ET) at the Burrill Family Field.
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