TULSA, Okla. – The University of Connecticut softball team dropped the first game of a three-game series with Tulsa on Friday evening, 8-0, at the Collins Softball Complex. Freshman pitcher Jill Stockley (9-12) picked up the loss.
The Huskies (19-29, 4-10 AAC) fell in five innings to the Golden Hurricane due to the eight-run rule and were shutout for the first time since April 15 in a 2-0 loss to East Carolina.
Freshman outfielder Kelli Bates provided the only UConn hit in the game, sending a flare to left field in the third inning. Tulsa starter Emily Watson struck-out seven batters, while walking just one in the victory.
Stockley allowed eight runs (five earned) over 4.1 innings of work, scattering nine hits and striking out two. The loss was just her second in her last seven starts (5-1 before Friday).
Tulsa struck quickly in Friday’s matchup, smacking two RBI singles in the first to take a 3-0 lead. Julia Hollingsworth hit a 2-run double in the second for the Golden Hurricane, stretching the lead to 5-0.
Stockley posted scoreless frames in the third and fourth innings, but the UConn bats remained silent. The only scoring threat came in the third inning when Bates reached third base, but was stranded after strikeouts by seniors Alyssa Gardea and Lexi Gifford.
A three-run fifth inning by Tulsa, aided by Stockley’s throwing error, ended the game as the Huskies dropped the first contest of the weekend.
Game two is on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET) and can be followed on live stats, watched on Hurricane Vision, or monitored @UConnSoftball on Twitter.