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STORRS, Conn. – When the UConn softball team gets a visit from Tulsa this weekend, it will be the first American Athletic Conference action this season at the Burrill Family Field – a three-game set from Friday through Sunday.
Freshman Carli Cutler and her team-high .343 batting average leads the Huskies (15-23, 1-7 American) into a tough series against the first-place Golden Hurricane. The schedule is Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.
All games will be available to follow on live stats or to watch on Husky Vision for paid subscribers. In-game updates, as well as weather-related changes, can be found @UConnSoftball on Twitter.
Saturday will be “Bark in the Park” day, where fans are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the game. On Sunday, the Huskies will play their pink game to raise cancer awareness, with all donations going to UConn Health.
The Huskies are coming off a midweek split, beating UMass on Tuesday and falling to Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. Sophomore pitcher Jill Stockley hurled a solid six-inning effort in the 7-1 victory over the Minutewomen.
In Tuesday’s win, freshman pitcher Katie Koshes reached the 100-strikeout plateau for the season, becoming the first UConn pitcher to achieve that feat since Kiki Saveriano in 2013. She leads the team in ERA (2.55), appearances (23), opposing batting average (.196) and strikeouts (100).
UConn has lost its last six conference games, but looks to change its luck at Burrill – a place where it is 2-1 this season. Including games played at Eastern Connecticut State, the Huskies are 4-3 in home contests.
Tulsa leads the all-time series with the Huskies, 7-0, with all meetings coming in the last two seasons. The Golden Hurricane knocked UConn out in the first round of the 2015 AAC Championship.
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Tulsa (30-13, 8-1 American) is on a four-game winning streak, which includes a three-game sweep of Houston last weekend. The Golden Hurricane have wins over two ranked teams this season – then No. 25 Arkansas and No. 12 LSU.
Junior pitcher Emily Watson has fueled the team with her exceptional pitching, as she leads the conference in ERA (1.12), shutouts (9), strikeouts (255), wins (21), and walks per seven innings (1.5). Tulsa’s combined pitching ERA of 1.88 is a league-best and ranks 25th in all of Division I.
On the hitting side, three players are averaging over .300 at the plate – including Maggie Withee and her team-best .394. Julia Hollingsworth and Maddie Withee lead Tulsa with 21 RBI each.
BY THE NUMBERS
10: Carli Cutler moved into the top 10 in batting average in the conference after Wednesday’s game, improving to a .343 mark.
8.8: Number of strikeouts for Koshes per seven innings, ranking her 27th in all of Division I.
3: UConn players have reached base in at least four-straight games, with Cutler leading the way at six (team-high 14 this season). Junior Ryne Nakama and freshman Kiwi McDaniel have reached in the past four.
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