April 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- University of Connecticut softball will travel to South Bend, Indiana this Tuesday, April 23rd to take part a doubleheader against Notre Dame. First pitch is scheduled for noon, with the second game to follow immediately after. The Huskies are coming off a three-game sweep of St. John’s this past weekend, which lifted their overall record back over .500 at 22-20.
Connecticut has now won five consecutive games after dropping a close 7-6 contest to UMass last week. Tuesday’s matchup will mark the first game the Huskies have played away from home since earning an 11-2 victory at Rhode Island on April 17th.
Senior Kim Silva will look to add to her successful 2013 campaign, as she currently holds a team-leading .371 batting average in 41 starts this season. Silva is tied for second on the team with four homeruns, trailing only Audrey Grinnell who blasted her sixth round tripper this past Thursday against non-conference rival Bryant University.
On the hill, pitcher Kiki Saveriano has been the ace of the staff, registering 18 complete games in 24 starts this season, while boasting a fantastic 2.45 earned run average.
The Huskies were swept in a three-game set last season against the Fighting Irish, failing to score more than three runs in any game. The Irish, who hold an impressive 13-1 BIG EAST record this season, will pose a big challenge for Connecticut, as the team tries to build momentum for the BIG EAST Championships that will take place in less than three weeks. UConn has historically struggled against Notre Dame, holding just a 6-32 all-time record against its league rivals. The Huskies will look to break the trend and continue their recent string of success that has the team sitting in seventh in the BIG EAST standings.
Following the doubleheader, the team will return to Storrs to take on Albany this Thursday, April 25th in another twin billing starting at 2:30 pm.