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STORRS, Conn. - Despite negative weather forecasts, the UConn softball team will be opening American Athletic Conference play this weekend when USF visits for a three-game set at the Burrill Family Field.
The Huskies (11-14), coming off a doubleheader sweep of Bryant on Wednesday and having won three-straight overall, will host the Bulls on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Changes may occur depending on the weather and field conditions.
Game updates can be found on live stats or @UConnSoftball on Twitter. Live video is available on Husky Vision with a paid subscription, as is the case with all home games this season.
Freshman Katie Koshes and senior Kayla Doty combined to throw a no-hitter - the 38th in program history - to highlight UConn's 9-0 win over Bryant in the second game on Wednesday at Conaty Park. UConn had 14 hits in the shortened five-inning contest.
Freshman Kiwi McDaniel went 4-for-5 combined in both games against the Bulldogs, while three other Huskies had at least three hits throughout the afternoon. Freshman Chloe Kerns delivered a solo home run in the first game, helping UConn to a 2-1 victory.
The current three-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Huskies, who have received excellent pitching from the staff. Koshes' team-best 1.76 ERA leads a UConn rotation that has a cumulative 2.40 ERA.
The Huskies trail in the all-time series, 20-4, with their last victory over USF coming on April 3, 2015 in the second game of a doubleheader.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
USF (20-18, 0-3 American) dropped each of its first three conference games to Tulsa last weekend and has lost six of seven contests. The Bulls were ranked No. 24 at the start of the season in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.
Coming off a 2016 season where it reached the AAC championship game and earned a win in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, USF currently ranks second in hits, runs scored and RBI in the conference.
Astin Donovan leads the Bulls at the dish with a .318 batting average and is tied with Lauren Evans for a team-high 27 hits. Four pitchers on the staff have ERAs under 4.00, including Cheyenne Eggens with a 2.04.
BY THE NUMBERS
10-2: UConn's seventh-inning run advantage over opponents this season, proving an ability to perform in clutch moments. The Huskies are 4-4 this season in one-run games.
.241: Opposing batting average against UConn pitchers this season. In 2016, opponents were hitting .297 off the Husky pitching staff.
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