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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Paradise awaits the UConn softball team this week, as it prepares to play seven games in five days during a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Rainbow Wahine Classic against Hawaii, Harvard, Purdue and Marist.
The Huskies (6-10) are coming off a busy weekend in the Stanford Invitational, where they picked up their biggest win of the season against Grand Canyon. Now in Hawaii, which is six hours behind Eastern Standard Time, UConn looks to gain more momentum.
On Tuesday night, UConn plays Harvard in its first game of the tournament at 9:30 p.m. (ET). Following that game at midnight, the Huskies take on Hawaii. For a complete list of games and times, check the schedule HERE.
Freshman pitcher Katie Koshes was masterful in California, allowing just one run on eight hits in 13 innings pitched over the weekend. Her complete-game victory against Grand Canyon highlighted her performances.
On Saturday, Koshes struck-out eight batters in a scoreless five-inning relief appearance against Stanford – giving the Huskies a chance to rally in the final inning, despite coming up short. Her 39 strikeouts is a team-high and ranks top ten in the American Athletic Conference.
UConn’s pitching staff in general has been strong this season, posting a team ERA of 2.30 in 103.2 innings of work – while recording a 90-36 strikeout to walk ratio. Three players have ERAs under 3.00, including Koshes’ team-best 1.53.
Redshirt-senior Valerie Sadowl had a multi-hit game against Lehigh on Sunday, her team-leading seventh of the season. Freshman Chloe Kerns also had two hits, reaching base for the fourth-straight game.
It will be the second time in program history that UConn has played in Honolulu, with the first being in 1999 as part of the Bank of Hawaii Tournament.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Hawaii (15-9) comes in on a three-game winning streak, with two of those coming against Marist in the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament. Hawaii has hit 22 home runs as a team this season, with Heather Morales and Nicole Lopez leading the way with five each.
Harvard (7-3) won four of five games in the Long Beach State/Fullerton Tournament this past weekend. The Crimson pitching staff has a team ERA of just 2.06, the best in the Ivy League, behind Kathleen Duncan’s team-best 1.42.
Purdue (7-17) has rebounded from a slow start by winning four of five games in the USF Under Armour Showcase this past weekend in Clearwater, Fla. Maya Hughes leads the team with a .390 batting average.
Marist (9-8) lost all four games in the University of Hawaii Spring Fling this past weekend, as its stay in Honolulu continues. Six players are hitting .300 or better, including Casey Page and her .419 average. Rebecca Freeman has a team-high 17 RBI.
COMING UP NEXT
The Huskies are slated to play their first home game of the season at the Burrill Family Field on Wednesday, March 22 against UMass-Lowell. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET).