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STORRS, Conn. – Not even 24 hours after a home win over Boston College on Tuesday, the UConn softball team prepares to travel to ECU for a three-game set from Thursday through Saturday, leading up to Easter on Sunday.
The Huskies (14-19, 1-4 American) earned a big 3-2 win over the Eagles in the home-opener at the Burrill Family Field, snapping a four-game losing skid in the process.
Coming off three straight losses in American Athletic Conference play last weekend at Houston, UConn looks to get back in the win column against the Pirates. The schedule is Thursday at 6 p.m. (ET), Friday at 6 p.m. (ET), and Saturday at 12 p.m. (ET).
Sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley tossed a complete-game victory on Tuesday, allowing just two runs on seven hits while posting five strikeouts. Freshman Kiwi McDaniel went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the offense.
Following her performance against the Eagles, Stockley’s ERA dipped to 2.90 and opposing batters are hitting just .238 against her – ranking her second in both categories on the team, behind just freshman Katie Koshes.
Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl and freshman Carli Cutler are both averaging a team-high .308 batting average (4-for-13) in conference play, while Koshes has 21 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work.
In 2016, the Huskies took two of three against the Pirates in Storrs, including a 15-7 mercy-rule win in six innings in the series finale. Overall, UConn and ECU are tied in the all-time series, 6-6.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
ECU (20-23, 2-7 American) is coming off a win over NC Central on Tuesday, after being swept by USF over the weekend in conference play. The Pirates have one win against Memphis and UCF in AAC action.
Alex Mycek and Meredith Burroughs are ECU’s heavy hitters, having combined for 26 home runs this season. Burroughs leads the team in batting average (.331), hits (39) and RBI (38).
Lydia Ritchie is the ace in ECU’s pitching staff, currently with a 12-10 record and a 2.94 ERA. She has a 99-59 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As a whole, the Pirates’ staff has the worst-combined ERA of any conference team at 4.73.
BY THE NUMBERS
7: Number of offensive categories that freshman Carli Cutler leads in for UConn, including her .316 batting average and nine doubles.
12-3: UConn’s cumulative run advantage over opponents in the seventh inning this season.