STORRS, Conn. – With the 2015 season set to begin on Feb. 20, the University of Connecticut softball team opened up the preseason on Tuesday, holding its first team practice at the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center/ University of Connecticut Batting and Pitching Facility.
The Huskies gathered at noon on the turf, taking part in agility, throwing and situational drills before heading over to the batting cages behind J.O. Christian field. The spring practice marked the first under first-year head coach Jen McIntyre, who assumed the position on July 7 after serving as the associate head coach at Boston University in the 2014 campaign.
UConn returns 13 letterwinners from a season ago and welcomed four new Huskies to the squad during the fall season.
In all, the Huskies return 81.3 percent of the total runs, 74.1 percent of the hits, 82.9 percent of doubles, 77.2 percent of the homeruns and 78.6 percent of the RBIs from a team that hit .237 during last season’s campaign. Additionally, the Huskies welcome back 84.6 percent of wins and 89.8 percent of total innings pitched.
The Huskies’ challenging 2015 schedule includes 14 games against teams that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and also features five contests against teams that finished last season ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25.
Fans will enjoy 13 games at Burrill Family Field, beginning with the home opener against Boston College on March 26 at 3:30 p.m. To view the complete schedule, please CLICK HERE.
Keep up with the team throughout the preseason by following @UConnSoftball on Twitter.