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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team has a busy week ahead, as midweek contests with UMass-Lowell and Hofstra are scheduled to take place at the Burrill Family Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Coming off a Sunday split with USF in American Athletic Conference action, the Huskies (12-15, 1-1 American) host the River Hawks on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the Pride on Wednesday in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
Game updates will be available on live stats or @UConnSoftball on Twitter, while paid subscribers can watch a live stream of the action on Husky Vision.
UConn is yet to play at Burrill, as Sunday’s doubleheader took place at the ECSU Softball Field in Mansfield, Conn. Three non-conference matchups separate the Huskies from a trip to Houston for a three-game set this weekend.
The Huskies went 3-1 last week, sweeping Bryant in Wednesday’s doubleheader while earning a hard-fought split with the Bulls. Winners of four of its last five games, UConn looks to keep building momentum.
Freshman pitcher Katie Koshes (5-3) has dominated in her last three appearances, tossing 11.2 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. She had a season-high 13 strikeouts against USF in a complete-game shutout. Her ERA has dipped to a team-best 1.56.
Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl provided the offense in UConn’s first conference win, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the fourth inning – the only run in the Huskies’ 1-0 victory. She leads the team in batting average (.329), hits (26) and RBI (14).
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
UMass-Lowell (9-13, 2-0 America East) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Hartford on Sunday, as Courtney Cashman continues to lead the team at the dish with a .382 batting average (29-for-76).
Five hitters are averaging over a .300 average for the River Hawks this season and are led by Sydney Barker in RBI (18). The pitching staff has a combined 4.40 ERA with Kaysee Talcik leading the way. Talcik is 5-7 in 13 appearances with a 3.18 ERA.
Hofstra (11-14, 2-2 CAA) has lost four of its last six games, earning a doubleheader split with Towson on Sunday. Lacey Clark is leading the Pride in batting average (.338) and RBI (14).
Sarah Cornell is 10-6 in 17 appearances in the circle for Hofstra this season, having recorded 96.1 out of 159.2 total innings for the Pride. As a team, the pitching staff has just a 5.04 combined ERA – last in the Colonial Athletic Association.
BY THE NUMBERS
9: Multi-hit games for Sadowl this season, the most of any Husky. The next closest are freshmen Kiwi McDaniel and Carli Cutler with six.
10: Straight games reaching base for Carli Cutler, the longest such streak of the season for UConn. Currently, sophomore Taylor Smith is the only other player who has reached base in consecutive games (two).
.172: Opposing batting average against Katie Koshes this season, the lowest in the American Athletic Conference.