STORRS, Conn. – Riding a three-game winning streak after the River City Leadoff in Jacksonville, Fla., the UConn softball team returns to action this weekend in the Battle at the Beach Tournament for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
The Huskies (3-2) travel to Conway, S.C. to take on Kent State, Coastal Carolina, Robert Morris and Rider in their second weekend of the 2018 season. The complete schedule for the tournament is below:
Saturday, Feb. 17
9:00 a.m. – Kent State (Live Stats)
11:30 a.m. – Coastal Carolina (Live Stats)
Sunday, Feb. 18
10:45 a.m. – Robert Morris (Live Stats)
12:45 p.m. – Rider (Live Stats)
During an opening five-game stretch in Jacksonville, the UConn pitching staff was dominant, accounting for a combined 0.82 ERA and allowing just four earned runs in 34.1 innings of work. Opponents hit just .182 at the plate against Husky arms.
The offense came alive on the second day of the tournament, led by sophomore infielder Kiwi McDaniel, who recorded six hits and hit .375 over the weekend. McDaniel was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday.
Seven players made their collegiate debuts for UConn, including redshirt freshman Olivia Sappington, who sat out the 2017 season due to injury. Sappington hit .333 (5-for-15) with a pair of RBI in the middle of the batting order.
The Huskies have limited history with their opponents this weekend, including the first-ever meeting with Robert Morris. They lead the all-time series with Coastal Carolina (3-2) and Rider (2-0), while sitting tied with Kent State (2-2).
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Freshman pitcher Marybeth Olson led the charge this past weekend in the circle for UConn, making four appearances and accumulating a 0.70 ERA. In 10 innings on the rubber, she allowed just one earned run and seven hits, while holding an impressive 11-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As a player at Chanhassen High School, Olson was selected Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017.
DOWNING THE KNIGHTS
Senior infielder Emma Stanley recorded the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning as part of a 2-1 win over Army on Sunday, working a seven-pitch at-bat that led to a single to third base that scored senior Ryne Nakama from third. Stanley hit .308 (4-of-13) over the weekend while playing errorless ball at first base.
GETTING EVERYONE INVOLVED
All six freshmen saw playing time for UConn, including Reese Guevarra, who earned five starts in center field and in the lead-off spot of the order. Maura Glatczak made a pair of starts behind the plate, splitting time with sophomore Devon Casazza. The first-year group accounted for three hits and five runs on opening weekend.
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