STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team prepares for a weekend in Georgia to participate in the I-75 Challenge, as it takes on Georgia State (March 2), Georgia Tech (March 3) and Kennesaw State (March 4) in non-conference action.
The Huskies (7-7) are coming off a 2-3 road trip in the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational in Ft. Myers, Fla., earning a doubleheader sweep of Wright State and Stony Brook on Saturday as the highlight of the weekend.
For the third time in four weeks, UConn will play five games in three days as it continues its early-season tournament schedule. Here is a complete schedule for the I-75 Challenge, taking place in Atlanta, Ga. and Kennesaw, Ga.:
Redshirt freshman Olivia Sappington was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday after hitting .353 (6-of-17) over the weekend at the FGCU Softball Complex, recording her first-career home run against Florida Gulf Coast.
Sophomore infielder Carli Cutler is starting to find her offensive rhythm as well, following her freshman season where she was earned spots on the All-AAC Second Team and Rookie Team. In the last 10 games, Cutler is hitting .320 (8-of-25).
UConn enters the weekend with winning records against Georgia State (5-2) and Georgia Tech (2-1), but a losing mark against Kennesaw State (1-2). The Huskies played the Owls last season in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Feb. 18, losing 5-1.
PITCHING REMAINS HOT
UConn's pitching has been a strength this season, recording a combined 2.14 ERA through 14 games. Freshman pitcher Marybeth Olson has been especially impressive, leading the team (and conference) in ERA (0.70), wins (3), appearances (8), strikeouts (39) and opposing batting average (.183). Junior Jill Stockley and senior Chelsea Eckert also boast sub-3.00 ERA’s.
ONE OR THE OTHER
The Huskies have either swept or been swept in every doubleheader day this season. They are yet to earn a split - either winning or losing both games in a day - in the River City Leadoff (Jacksonville, Fla.), Battle at the Beach Tournament (Conway, S.C.) and FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational (Fort Myers, Fla.).
Three players have earned American Athletic Conference recognition this season - Kiwi McDaniel (Honor Roll - Feb. 12), Emma Stanley (Honor Roll - Feb. 19) and Olivia Sappington (Honor Roll - Feb. 26).
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