April 27, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The University of Connecticut’s softball team will host BIG EAST Rival Syracuse for a three-game series this weekend. The action will begin this Saturday April, 28th with the first game beginning at 12:00 p.m. The team will then play a late afternoon game commencing at 2:00 p.m. against the Orange. On Sunday the Huskies will celebrate senior day with their final regular season game scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.
The Huskies will have their hands full this weekend, as Syracuse is 35-12 on the year and has gone 11-3 in their last 14 games.
Leading the way for the Orange offensively is Lisaira Daniels who is currently batting .347 and has eight homeruns on the season. The Orange will look for support from the likes of Stephanie Watts, who has had a strong season with a .288 batting average and has 24 RBIs.
This year Syracuse has been dominant on the mound, with leading pitchers Jenna Caira and Stacy Kuwik both posting outstanding numbers. Caira has gone 22-6 this year with an ERA of 1.63, while Kuwik has managed to go 11-3 while maintaining an ERA of 1.76.
The Huskies will look to bounce back against the Orange after falling to intrastate rival Hartford by a count of 13-7 on Wednesday. The team has gone 21-23 overall on the season and has had a strong showing at home with a 10-4 record.
Leading the Huskies offensively will be the likes of senior Amy Vaughan (Somerset, Mass.) who is currently averaging .319 and has driven in 41 RBIs while hitting an impressive 13 homeruns this year. Helping Vaughan against the Orange will be junior Kim Silva (Cheshire, Conn.) who has a batting average of .306 and has 19 RBIs so far this year as well as 26 runs scored. The team will also look for a great showing from sophomore Andrea Huelsenbeck (Rockaway, N.J.) who is batting .303 this season.
Taking the mound for the Huskies will be junior Kiki Saveriano (Lexington, Mass.) who has an ERA of 3.37 and has gone 11-14 on the year. The pitching staff has had a respectable showing during the regular season with freshman Lauren Duggan
getting valuable experience going 6-4 this year with an ERA of 3.88.
The team will take the mound this weekend with confidence and look for great performances across the board. The Huskies will try to use their home field advantage, as they battle Syracuse at the Burrill Family Field located on the Storrs campus.