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Softball Faces Challenging Weekend in FAU Tournament

Freshman Carli Cutler at the dish. (photo courtesy of Chattanooga Athletics)
Feb. 22, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. --
Four different freshmen hit home runs for the UConn softball team on opening weekend, a promising sign for the youth of head coach Jen McIntyre's squad as it prepares for the FAU Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Huskies (2-2) are coming off a doubleheader sweep of IUPUI and Chattanooga on Sunday, as they prepare for a challenging slate of opponents. Games can be followed on live stats or @UConnSoftball on Twitter.

On Friday, UConn plays No. 24 Kentucky at 9 a.m. and Florida Atlantic at 3:45 p.m. Saturday brings games against Florida A&M at 9 a.m. and Arkansas at 11:15 a.m. All contests will be played at the FAU Softball Stadium.

Senior Valerie Sadowl, named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday, led the Huskies with seven hits and seven RBI last weekend. She had three multi-RBI games in the Chattanooga Challenge.

Freshmen Kiwi McDaniel and Katie Koshes shined over the weekend, with McDaniel recording six hits -- including her first home run -- and Koshes striking out 10 batters in five innings of relief work.

In addition to McDaniel, freshmen Devon Casazza, Ashlee Dahman and Chloe Kerns each contributed a home run in their first weekend of collegiate play. Sadowl hit one as well, giving the Huskies five in their first four games.

UConn is 1-2 all-time against Kentucky, 2-6 against Florida Atlantic, 11-5 against Florida A&M and will have its first-ever meeting with Arkansas.


Kentucky (5-4) is ranked No. 22 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll. All four of its losses have come from teams in the Top 25. The Wildcats qualified for the NCAA Regionals in 2016 and return 13 players from that team.

Florida Atlantic (8-2) is receiving votes in the Softball Poll and is on a six-game winning streak, after a four-game sweep at the "Strike-Out Cancer" Tournament in Boca, Raton, Fla. Mia Olson leads the team with 11 RBI.

Florida A&M's (1-9-1) only win this season was a 5-1 victory over Maryland this past Saturday, snapping a seven-game skid to start the year. Kenya Pereira is pitching ace, having racked-up 36.2 innings in eight appearances.

Arkansas (7-0) is also receiving votes in the Softball Poll with its hot start. Four of its seven wins have come by a fifth-inning mercy rule. Nicole Schroeder is the big slugger, already with 18 RBI.


The Huskies take a trip to Conway, S.C. to play in the Coastal Carolina Invitational. They will play Northern Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, and North Dakota on March 4 and 5.