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Softball Prepares for the Coastal Carolina Invitational

March 2, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. --
Coming off her second-straight mention on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll, redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl leads the UConn softball team into the Coastal Carolina Invitational this weekend.

The Huskies (3-5) are scheduled to play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at the Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium in Conway, S.C. All games can be followed on live stats or @UConnSoftball on Twitter.

Saturday features games against Northern Kentucky (10 a.m.) and Coastal Carolina (5:30 p.m.), while Sunday will bring contests against North Dakota (9:30 a.m.) and a rematch with NKU (12 p.m.).

UConn had solid performances against top-25 caliber teams in the FAU Tournament last weekend, losing 4-2 to No. 19 Kentucky and falling 3-2 in eight innings against Arkansas -- a team receiving votes in the polls.

Sadowl went 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, two RBI and three runs scored over the weekend. She leads the team in batting average (.444), hits (12), RBI (9), and multi-hit games (5).

The pitching duo of sophomore Jill Stockley and freshman Katie Koshes led the Huskies on day two, as they combined to allow just three runs on eight hits in 14.1 innings of work, while striking out 10.

"They both threw well this past weekend. I was excited to get Katie the start on Sunday -- she's so effective because of the spin on her ball," said head coach Jen McIntyre. "Jill also did very well -- we just hope to give them enough run support moving forward."

UConn is 3-1 all-time against Coastal Carolina, the tournament host, but lost last year's meeting -- 4-2 -- in South Carolina. It will be the first meeting against both Northern Kentucky and North Dakota.


Northern Kentucky (0-5) was swept in the Georgia Classic two weeks ago in Athens, Ga., as the Norse look for their first win of the season. NKU comes in hitting just .191 as a team, with a team-high five hits from Sydney Ferrante.

Coastal Carolina (12-3) is off to a hot start, having won nine of its last 10 games -- including a five-game sweep in the Chanticleer Showdown. Kailey Mellen and Timi Tooley are both hitting over .400 and have combined for 32 RBI this season.

North Dakota (7-8) is a team out of the Big Sky Conference and comes into the weekend having lost four of five games. Taylor Nadler leads the team in batting average (.333), while Kaylin VanDomelen has a team-best 1.62 ERA in 39 innings pitched.


The Huskies take a trip to Palo Alto, California and Honolulu, Hawaii, playing 11 games over an eight-day span on the Stanford and Hawaii campuses.