March 26, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball will play an in-state game against Quinnipiac University on Thursday afternoon in the squad’s first outing in Connecticut of the 2014 season. The Huskies (5-20, 0-3 American) will visit Quinnipiac (3-18, 0-0 MAAC) in search of their first win in nine games. First pitch on March 27 is scheduled for 3:30pm at the QU Softball Field. Fans can watch the game live or follow online statistics by clicking on the links posted above.
Thursday will be the 23rd meeting between the programs, with UConn owning a 16-6 edge over Quinnipiac in the all-time series. The squads split a pair of games last season, with the Huskies winning the first contest, 6-1, before falling the next day by a final score of 4-3. The Bobcats most recently fell to Wagner, 9-7, on March 23. The Huskies’ last win came against Wagner on March 14 by an 8-2 margin. Junior infielder Nikki Barba and sophomore outfielder/infielder Abby Johnson enter the game with the top batting averages for the Bobcats at .333.
In its latest action last weekend, Connecticut dropped a series to current American Athletic Conference frontrunner USF in Tampa, Fla. Despite the setbacks, the Huskies posted valiantly rally attempts, especially in the second game of the series when a two RBI single by Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and a three-run home run by Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) nearly sent the contest to extra innings.
Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.) continues to lead the Huskies with a .344 batting average. The sophomore has 22 hits and six runs on the season, pacing the Huskies in extra-base hits with five doubles. Grinnell’s big homer against USF brought her total to four on the season, which constitutes a team-high. The four times she has gone yard this season brings Grinnell’s career home run total to 15, which ties Janna Venice for tenth all-time in UConn history. The senior also leads the way with 15 RBIs this season.
Lauren Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) leads the pitching rotation with 18 appearances and has tossed five complete games with 33 strikeouts.