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STORRS, Conn. – After completing a five-game homestand at the Burrill Family Field, the UConn softball team hits the road this week for four games – beginning with a contest at UMass on Tuesday.
The Huskies (15-26, 1-10 American) are coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of Tulsa in American Athletic Conference action, but look to snap a four-game losing skid against the Minutewomen. First pitch is at 4 p.m. (ET).
The last victory for UConn came against UMass six days ago, cruising to a 7-1 win in Storrs behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Jill Stockley. Six different Huskies recorded hits against UMass.
Freshman Carli Cutler continues to lead the team with a .325 batting average, while junior Emma Stanley has hit .357 in the last five games – putting her second on the team at .289. Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl leads the Huskies with 17 RBI.
Freshman left-hander Katie Koshes (2.80) and Stockley (2.99) both rank in the top-12 in the conference when it comes to ERA, as each member of the duo remains under 3.00. Koshes remains third in strikeouts with 106.
UConn is 44-48-1 all-time against UMass and has won three of the last four meetings with the Minutewomen, dating back to the 2014 season.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Since falling to UConn last week, UMass (22-19, 10-3 Atlantic-10) has won three straight games – one against Boston College and a pair over Saint Joseph’s. The Minutewomen are in first place in the Atlantic 10.
Three players are hitting over .300 for UMass, including Jena Cozza with a team-high .457 batting average in 12 games this season. Kaitlyn Stavinoha is hitting .366 , leading the team in hits (48), doubles (8) and RBI (32).
UMass left nine runners on base last week against Stockley, recording seven hits throughout the game. Pitcher Candace Denis picked up the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in four innings of work.
BY THE NUMBERS
.350: Batting average for junior Ryne Nakama over the past 10 games (7-for-20), a team-best. Her .350 slugging percentage is also a team-high.
15.1: Number of innings Stockley has pitched in the last five games – more than twice as many as the next closest pitcher (Chelsea Eckert – 7.2 frames).
14-16: UConn’s non-conference record before the UMass game on Tuesday, which is the last scheduled non-league game this season for the Huskies.