LIVE STATS: UConn-Providence
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball team is back in action on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts the Providence Friars at 4 p.m. at the Burrill Family Field, trying to build off the momentum from a thrilling 11-inning win over Boston College last Wednesday.
The Huskies (17-26, 3-7 AAC) are coming off a split week, where they fell to UMass at home, but earned the hard-fought victory over the Eagles with some clutch hitting from seniors Heather Fyfe and Alyssa Gardea.
In the most recent outing, freshman pitcher Jill Stockley went the distance, hurling 11 innings in a complete-game effort. Stockley scattered four runs (two earned) on nine hits in the win – striking out three and walking just one.
Fyfe and Gardea each blasted home runs in the 11th inning, Fyfe’s to take the lead and Gardea’s to add insurance, to give the Huskies a permanent lead and exciting 7-4 victory on the road. With the homer, Fyfe tied Lexi Gifford, Dominique Pinto and Alyson Ambler for the team-lead in the category (3).
UConn has won four of six games entering Tuesday and look to turn in a solid effort before an important three-game home series against league-rival Houston this weekend. Senior Day for the Huskies is on Sunday.
Gardea has been the biggest contributor in the last five games, hitting .375 at the dish (6-for-16) with a home run, double, five RBI and seven runs scored. Gifford continues to lead the team in batting average (.297), hits (38), RBI (22), total bases (53) and stolen bases (9).
Stockley is 3-0 in her last five appearances, allowing nine earned runs in 24 innings of work with a 13-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. She has accumulated a team-high 111.1 innings in the circle with a team-best 2.51 ERA this season.
The Huskies hold a definitive 61-22 advantage in the all-time series with the Friars, as they prepare for their final non-league game.
Scouting the Friars
Providence (16-26) is riding a four-game losing streak coming into Tuesday, most recently being swept by Seton Hall in a three-game series. It dropped its last game with UConn, 4-3, back on April 9, 2014.
Emma Lee is second in the Big East with a .413 batting average, while Nicole Lundstrom has a team-high 36 RBI. The Friars’ pitching staff has combined for a 4.31 ERA and 24 complete-game efforts among their three primary starters.
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