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STORRS, Conn. – Though the home-opener for the UConn softball team will have to wait due to Wednesday’s postponement with UMass-Lowell, another midweek game is on tap for the Huskies when they travel to play Providence.
Poor field conditions related to last week’s snowstorm has the Huskies (9-14) holding off on their season debut at the Burrill Family Field, but they will face the Friars on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Following an extended spring break trip to California and Hawaii from March 11-18, UConn looks to keep picking up momentum that it gained from its 5-4 win in extra innings over Harvard in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Just 10 days away from beginning the American Athletic Conference schedule, freshmen have led the Huskies this season. Carissa Brizzi delivered the clutch game-tying hit in the seventh inning against the Crimson on Saturday.
First-year pitcher Katie Koshes, named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second time this season, leads the team in ERA (1.92) and strikeouts (60). She and sophomore Jill Stockley have both thrown a team-high 51.0 innings.
Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl continues to be the most productive hitter, leading UConn in hits (21) and RBI (12). Freshmen Kiwi McDaniel and Devon Casazza both have a team-high three home runs.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Providence, 61-22, and won the most recent meeting on April 9, 2014 in Storrs. In each of the past two seasons, scheduled games with the Friars have been postponed.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Providence (7-13) began its home schedule on Tuesday, splitting a doubleheader with Rhode Island after having its last four games cancelled due to weather and field conditions.
The Friars are led by Nicole Lundstrom, who is hitting .383 at the dish with three home runs and 11 RBI. Michaela Veneziali has a team-best 2.33 ERA in 12 innings of work. As a team, Providence is third in the Big East in on-base percentage (.356).
BY THE NUMBERS
8.2: Strikeouts per seven innings for Koshes this season, ranking 50th in all of Division I.
6: Straight games that freshman Carli Cutler has reached base for the Huskies. She also is tied for second with five multi-hit games this season.