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Softball Prepares for Weekend Gamecock Invitational

Kelli Bates leads the team with a .320 batting average, .360 slugging percentage and .346 OBP.
March 2, 2016

vs. Kennesaw St. | at South Carolina | vs. Michigan St.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Connecticut softball team heads to its fourth tournament of the season when it travels to Columbia, S.C. to compete in the 2016 Gamecock Invitational on Mar. 4-6. The Huskies open play on Friday against Kennesaw State at 1:30 p.m. and will battle host South Carolina at 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the team squares off against Michigan State at 10 a.m. before rounding out the tournament with a 12:30 p.m. tilt. The Huskies final game will be based on the results of the tournament’s first six games, which will determine seeding and matchups for the consolation and championship games.

The Last Meeting
Kennesaw State2
February 20, 2015
Troy, Ala.
Softball Splits a Pair Against Kennesaw St., Troy on Opening Day
The University of Connecticut softball team opened up its 2015 season with a split against Kennesaw State and Troy on Friday, Feb. 20 on Day One of the Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. The Huskies topped the Owls, 4-2, in game one at the Troy Softball Complex before falling in extras, 6-5, to the Trojans in the evening.

The Last Meeting
South Carolina1
March 10, 2000
Tampa, Florida
The Last Meeting
Michigan State4
March 9, 2010
Boca Raton, Fla.
Arremony Doubles in 4-1 Loss to Michigan State Softball
The University of Connecticut softball drops to 2-7 on the year after a 4-1 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla. With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-10 this season behind a seven-hit effort over the Huskies. Jessica Arremony (Griswold, Conn.) doubled to left field, driving in the lone UConn run in the second inning.

UConn (3-11) last played at the SCU Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif., falling in its five tournament games, three of which were determined by a single run. Freshman OF Kelli Bates finished out the weekend on a .455 batting average with five hits and two RBIs.

The Huskies are 1-0 all-time against Kennesaw St., having won the only meeting between the two teams, 4-2, in the 2015 season opener on Feb. 20 at the Trojan Classic in Troy, Ala. UConn will be searching for its first-ever wins against South Carolina and MSU. The Huskies are 0-5 in the all-time series with the Gamecocks and sport a 0-3 all-time record against the Spartans.

Bates leads the squad through the team’s first 14 games of the 2016 season, pacing the Huskies with an impressive .320 batting average, .360 slugging percentage and .346 OBP. Alyssa Gardea, Taylor Townsend and Jacklyn Dubois have tallied 11 hits apiece, with Gardea and Dubois each posting a home run.

As a team, UConn has a .965 fielding percentage, which is the best in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies have compiled 278 putouts, 131 assists and just 15 errors in 14 games played.

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