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STORRS, Conn. – After three straight trips to the south, the UConn softball team will be heading west this weekend – specifically Palo Alto, Calif. – to play in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Spring break is shaping up nicely for the Huskies (5-7), who will follow that California trip with a weeklong trip to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. UConn prepares to play 11 games in eight days.
Coming off a split weekend in the Coastal Carolina Invitational, the Huskies will face stiff competition on the Stanford campus – playing Cal Poly, Stanford, Grand Canyon and Lehigh over a two-day span.
Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET) against Cal Poly, with the second game right after against the Cardinal. On Sunday, UConn plays GCU at 5 p.m. (ET) and Lehigh at 7:15 p.m. (ET).
Freshman Kiwi McDaniel is coming off a strong weekend in Conway, S.C., as she hit .400 (4-of-10) at the dish with a pair of two-run home runs, on her way to earning a spot on Monday’s American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.
UConn’s pitching also stood firm, combining for a 2.74 team ERA – led by senior Kayla Doty’s complete-game shutout of Northern Kentucky on Sunday. Freshman Katie Koshes struck-out 10 batters in her outing against North Dakota, the most by a Husky pitcher since Chelsea Eckert back on March 8, 2015.
Redshirt-senior Valerie Sadowl continues to lead the team in batting average (.405), hits (15) and RBI (9) heading into the fourth weekend of the season. McDaniel and freshman Devon Casazza are tied with a team-best three home runs.
UConn has limited playing experience against each team in the Stanford Invitational, as it has never played Stanford or Lehigh. It is 0-1 all-time against Cal Poly and 1-1 against GCU.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Cal Poly (12-6) has won six straight, including two games against Sacred Heart. Sierra Hyland leads the team with 18 RBI, while Lindsey Chalmers (5-2) has a 0.82 ERA in seven starts this season.
Stanford (13-8) is coming off a 9-1 (F/5) midweek win against UC Davis. Three players – Teaghan Cowles, Kylie Sorenson, Whitney Burks – already have 20 RBI for the Cardinal in just 21 games.
Grand Canyon (20-2) is off to a very strong start in 2017, having lost to just No. 15 Baylor and Maine. Six players are hitting over .300, while Taylor Nowlin is 11-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 appearances in the circle.
Lehigh (4-6) lost four of five games in the RDU/RTP Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. Mary-Hannah Smith has a team-high .389 batting average and Christine Campbell is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA in the circle.
COMING UP NEXT
The Huskies play seven games in five days in Honolulu from March 14-18, facing Harvard, Hawaii, Purdue and Marist. Check the schedule for all game times, which have been converted to Eastern Standard.