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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team looks to avoid more rainy weather by traveling south to Houston for a three-game weekend set as American Athletic Conference play continues, beginning on Friday.
The Huskies (13-16, 1-1 American) will face the Cougars on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET) and Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the American Digital Network with Lincoln Rose and Sydney Gerbracht on the call.
All contests will be available on live stats, @UConnSoftball on Twitter or via a live stream provided by Houston for Friday and Sunday’s games. Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl leads the team into the weekend with a .325 batting average.
UConn split a doubleheader with Hofstra on Wednesday at the Mansfield Athletic Complex, earning a 4-1 victory in the first game behind a complete-game effort from freshman pitcher Katie Koshes. She struck-out seven in the win.
Winners of three of their last five games, the Huskies have been led by Koshes during that stretch, as she has gone 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA. In 18 innings of work, she has a 25-7 strikeouts-to-walk ratio.
Sadowl, along with freshmen Carli Cutler (.318) and Kiwi McDaniel (.300), are the three UConn players hitting .300 or better to this point. Sadowl and Cutler are tied for a team-best 27 hits.
UConn is 1-8 all-time against Houston, as it was senior Taylor Townsend’s RBI double in the eighth inning that led the Huskies to a 3-2 win against the Cougars last season on April 29 – their only win in the series.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Houston (17-17, 2-1 American) has lost four of five games entering the weekend, including a pair to Texas on Sunday. The Cougars took two out of three against UCF the previous weekend to begin conference play.
Maya Thomas has a team-best .436 batting average this season, putting her in the top three in the conference. Three other batters are hitting over .300, including Shelby Miller – the team leader in home runs (9) and conference leader in RBI (37).
Houston’s pitching staff has a combined 2.79 ERA, as Trystan Melancon and Savannah Heebner both have sub-3.00 ERAs.
BY THE NUMBERS
87: Number of strikeouts for Koshes this season, the most for a UConn pitcher since 2012-13 - and the season is just 29 games old.
12: Number of consecutive games that Carli Cutler has reached base, a season-high among all UConn players.
.244: Opposing batting average against UConn pitchers this season. In 2016, opponents were hitting .297 against the Huskies.