ORLANDO, Fla. – Junior Emma Stanley extended her hitting streak to three games on Sunday, as the UConn softball team fell to UCF in a 9-0 decision in six innings at the UCF Softball Complex.
The Huskies (16-28, 2-12 American) received a handful of great defensive plays against the Knights, but stranding eight runners on base for the second-straight day led to a loss against UCF in the weekend rubber match.
“We just need to keep regrouping and fighting. Hats off to UCF today, they came out with a lot of emotion on Senior Day,” said head coach Jen McIntyre.
Freshman Chloe Kerns made arguably the play of the game in the fourth inning, turning around to make a diving catch on a popped-up bunt, helping to limit UCF’s offense to two runs in the frame.
“We’re seeing a lot of bright spots from the young players. For them to come up with big plays when we were facing a deficit was huge,” said McIntyre.
Sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley (6-12) picked up the loss in the circle, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings of work. Freshman Katie Koshes pitched in relief for the third-consecutive day, surrendering three runs on one hit in 2.1 innings.
Stanley, Dahman and redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl each had a single against UCF starter Manami Calixto, but the Huskies were unable to push runs across – including leaving the bases loaded in the sixth.
In each of the first two innings, UConn left a pair of runners on base – five total in the first three frames. Calixto walked five batters in 5.2 innings, giving the Huskies several chances to take advantage throughout the game.
With two outs in the sixth, the Huskies loaded the bases with a single and two walks, when freshman Devon Casazza pinch-hit for sophomore Kelli Bates. Casazza hit a liner to left field off UCF’s Alea White, but right at the defense, ending the threat.
Stanley, McDaniel and senior Taylor Townsend each had four hits this weekend for the Huskies against UCF. UConn had 22 hits as a team this weekend, the most this season in a conference series.
“Coming into finals week, the team will get a couple days off to study and get going. They are starting with that and we’ll get ready for Memphis on the back part of the week,” said McIntyre.
The Huskies will host Memphis in a three-game set next weekend at the Burrill Family Field to finish the regular season. Senior Day will be on Sunday, honoring Valerie Sadowl, Taylor Townsend and Kayla Doty.