STORRS, Conn. – Five players had multi-hit and multi-RBI games as the University of Connecticut softball team used a 10-run first inning to trounce Hartford in five innings on Wednesday, 16-0, at the Burrill Family Field.
Behind freshman pitcher Jill Stockley allowing just one hit in her team-leading eighth win of the season, the Huskies (18-26) jumped on the Hawks from the very start of the game.
Senior Alyssa Gardea went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while senior Lexi Gifford and junior Taylor Townsend each went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Seniors Alyson Ambler and Jacklyn Dubois had two hits apiece as well.
In the highest-scoring game of the season for UConn, a 15-hit effort was charged by the first three batters in the lineup, which combined to go 6-for-8 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Junior Dominique Pinto had an RBI double in the win.
The bench also contributed, with sophomore Emma Stanley, senior Valerie Sadowl and junior Kate Sims adding pinch-hits of their own in the fourth inning. Sims ended the contest with an impressive diving catch in left field in the top of the fifth.
While the offense produced, Stockley dominated in the circle. She didn’t allow a hit until a bunt single in the fourth inning – a runner that was later thrown-out by Dubois when trying to steal second.
Stockley ended with three strikeouts, no walks and just one hit allowed. Junior Kayla Doty pitched the final inning for the Huskies, retiring the Hawks in order.
Six different players recorded RBI in the first inning off Hartford starter, Lexi Wilkerson. Pinto’s two-run double started the scoring fest, while Ambler’s two-run single (which she ended up scoring on due to a throwing error) capped-off the 10-run frame.
Eight players had RBI on the day, a season-high for the Huskies, who are now riding a two-game winning streak heading into the final home weekend against Houston.
The three-game set with the Cougars begins on Friday at 4 p.m., while Saturday starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday (Senior Day) at 12 p.m. A pregame ceremony will take place before Sunday’s game to honor the five graduating seniors.