TULSA, Okla. – Freshman Jill Stockley pitched one of her best games as a member of the University of Connecticut softball team on Sunday, but the Husky bats were silenced in a 1-0 loss in nine innings at Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane finished the three-game sweep of UConn (19-31, 4-12 AAC) when Jocelyn Sheffield hit the game-winning RBI single off Stockley in the ninth, with the bases loaded and one out.
UConn falls to 1-12 this season in one-run games, including four losses by a 1-0 margin. Four different players recorded a hit for the Huskies off Tulsa starter, Caitlin Sill, at the Collins Softball Complex.
Throughout the game, the Huskies left 10 runners on base – having their share of scoring opportunities, but unable to capitalize. UConn left the bases loaded in the ninth after senior Lexi Gifford struck-out in a still scoreless game.
Stockley’s (9-13) brilliance kept Tulsa scoreless for eight innings, as the freshman hurler almost single-handedly kept UConn in the game. She stranded nine runners for Tulsa, before surrendering three hits and one walk in the game-deciding ninth frame.
She allowed just one run on eight hits, striking out two and walking a pair. Her ERA dipped to 2.61 in the effort, as her team-leading count of 142 innings grew in the circle. Just one Tulsa player had multiple hits on Sunday.
Seven UConn runners were stranded in scoring position in the game, including runners on second and third in both the first and fourth innings. Gardea snagged her fifth stolen base of the season in the losing effort, second-most on the team.
With the loss, the Huskies will enter the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday as the No. 7 seed and will play No. 2 UCF. The game is tentatively scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (ET).
UConn wraps-up the regular season on Tuesday at Oklahoma State, with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) at Cowgirl Stadium.