PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Coming off a conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2016, the Huskies kick off their 121st season of competition with a four-game set with UMass Lowell this weekend in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Game times and sites for this weekend's games can be viewed above.
UConn makes its second trip in the past three seasons to the Mets Spring Training Complex after playing Siena in 2015 for a three-game series. The Huskies won the series with standout performances from Joe DeRoche-Duffin (eight RBI in the series) and Vinny Siena (two triples and five RBI in series finale).
Since the start of the program in 1896, UConn enters its 121st season of competition (no season in 1918). The Huskies are 1,714-1,362-29 in that span, including a 455-320-4 record under head coach Jim Penders in his 13 completed seasons at the helm.
The Huskies head into their season opener with an all-time record of 52-66-2 and seek first win on Opening Day since a victory against Indiana to open the 2012 season. Brian Ward ('14) dazzled, pitching 7.1 scoreless innings and allowing just four hits in the victory.
The Huskies will open the season with the first 19 games away from Storrs. UConn has been resilient the past two seasons, leading the country with 50 road/neutral site victories during that span. UConn will open at home on March 24 against Seton Hall, the first of 22 home games scheduled at J.O. Christian Field this season.
Connecticut squares off with UMass Lowell this weekend, a team in its final season of transition to Division I after joining in 2014. UConn owns a 2-0 all-time record against the River Hawks.
Lowell is coming off a 20-33 season, finishing America East action 5-19. Steve Passatempo returns after leading the team with 11 HR's and 47 RBI. The River Hawks also return their three pitchers that started double-digit games in 2016 (Kuzia, Xirinachs and Ryan). Lowell was picked to finish seventh in the preseason America East poll.
The American Athletic Conference's coaches selected UConn to finish fourth in the league. Senior co-captain Willy Yahn and sophomore LHP Tim Cate garnered Preseason First Team All-Conference honors. Cate also was recognized as Co-Preseason Pitcher of the Year with East Carolina's Evan Kruczynski.
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