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Huskies Face Bryant in Doubleheader on Wednesday


March 28, 2017

LIVE STATS: Game 1 | Game 2

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STORRS, Conn. -
New England weather has not been cooperating with the UConn softball team, but Wednesday's road doubleheader with Bryant will snap a 10-day hiatus and put the Huskies back in action for the first time since returning from Hawaii.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the doubleheader was pushed back to Wednesday due to wet field conditions in Smithfield, R.I. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. (ET), with the second game happening approximately 30 minutes after game one's conclusion.

As the Huskies (9-14) prepare to begin American Athletic Conference play this coming weekend when USF visits Storrs, head coach Jen McIntyre's squad will face the Bulldogs in a pair of midweek contests.

Prior to last week's postponements against UMass-Lowell and Providence, UConn had picked up an extra-inning win over Harvard in the finale of the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Huskies went 4-7 during the California and Hawaii trips.

Three players are hitting over .300 - including redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl, who has a team-high 21 hits and 12 RBI to go along with her .304 batting average. Freshman Carli Cutler is close behind, hitting .303 with 20 hits and nine RBI.

In the circle, freshman pitcher Katie Koshes continues to excel in her first season at UConn. She leads the pitching staff in ERA (1.92), strikeouts (60) and opponent batting average (.195). Koshes is tied with sophomore Jill Stockley for a team-best three wins.

UConn is 8-1 all-time against Bryant, including a doubleheader sweep last season in the home opener at the Burrill Family Field.

OPPONENT QUICK HITS

The Bulldogs (5-20) have struggled to find consistency thus far in the 2017 season, but are coming off a win over Boston University last Thursday. Bryant went 12-36 during 2016, but posted a 9-7 mark in the Northeast Conference.

The team has a combined batting average of just .199, as Haylee Haas leads Bryant with a .257 average at the dish. Gabrielle Ermish is 3-5 in 12 appearances in the circle with a team-best 5.79 ERA.

UConn earned a pair of wins over Bryant last season in Storrs - 2-0 in game one and 15-2 in a five-inning second game. The Huskies recorded 19 total hits throughout the day on March 30.

COMING UP NEXT

The Huskies host USF for a three-game set from Friday to Sunday, which will serve as both the home-opening and conference-opening weekend. Game times are as follows: Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at noon.


 

 

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