April 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball will look to continue its two-game win streak when it travels to Louisville for a weekend series. The Huskies and Cardinals will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12 with the first game kicking off at 12:00 p.m. and the second game to follow. The teams will return to the diamond on Sunday, April 13 for another 12:00 p.m. meeting.
The Huskies have posted a 2-1 record through three games this week and are seeking their first away win of the season. Emerging as an offensive force for UConn has been sophomore Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.). After a freshman season in which she batted .290 with nine hits, seven RBIs and one home run, Sadowl is having a breakout sophomore season at second base. The sophomore leads the team with a .345 batting average and has already posted 14 RBIs and 29 hits so far this season. She and senior Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) pace the squad with five home runs apiece.
The pair not only lead the team but also are among some of the best hitters in the American. Sadowl’s batting average ranks 11th in the conference while her impressive .607 slugging percentage is sixth-best in the league. Grinnell’s 23 runs batted in tie for ninth.
Senior Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.), who ranks second in the lineup with a .311 batting average, enters weekend play after a strong showing during UConn’s three midweek non-conference matchups. Against UMass, Providence and Fairfield, Schiappa combined for six hits in eleven plate appearances to earn a .545 average. She led the squad with seven total bases and scored a pair of runs in the process, totaling a .545 on base percentage. Schiappa and Sadowl have banked 13 runs each this season to lead the Huskies.
UConn will face a Louisville team coming off a three-game sweep against USF to jump to 5-4 in the American. The Cardinals lead the conference in hits (315) and own the second-highest runs total (207). A watch link and live stats link have been posted above.
Saturday will be the 19th meeting between the two programs, with UConn being 5-13 all-time against the Cardinals.