May 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn softball will conclude its regular season this weekend when it hosts the University of Central Florida in a three-game conference set. Action begins on Saturday, May 3 with a doubleheader slated to start at 12:00 p.m. UConn will hold its annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser on Saturday before returning to the diamond to face UCF again on Sunday. As the last regular season home game, UConn will honor its seniors on Sunday prior to the noon-time start.
Saturday’s doubleheader will feature a silent auction with such items as UConn apparel and autographed memorabilia from the 2014 National Champion UConn basketball teams. Cash and checks will be accepted, with checks made out to The Looney Legacy Foundation. For more information about the event, read this release.
Sunday’s senior day will honor Katelyn Callahan (Queensbury, N.Y.), Audrey Grinnell (Saco, Maine) and Maddy Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.). The trio has helped the Huskies to 79 wins over the past four seasons and will look to add to that total this weekend.
The Huskies will face a challenge in top American Athletic Conference contender Central Florida (36-15, 12-3). The Golden Knights sit atop The American standings and look to cement first place this weekend, though the squad is a mere 5-4 on the road this season after posting a 30-9 showing at home. The Knights are led by Kaley Novak, who is batting .366 and leads the team in both runs scored (39) and hits (59). UCF has three players batting over .300, with Samantha McCloskey, Linnea Goodman and Jessica Ujvari also surpassing the plateau and combining for 49 RBI’s on the season.
An interesting UConn connection ties UCF freshman pitcher Lena Springer to Storrs, Conn. A New Britain native, Springer’s parents both competed at UConn in football and gymnastics, respectively. Her brother George played baseball at Connecticut and was drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, recently being called up to the Majors on April 16.
Looking to continue her dominance at the plate this season will be sophomore second baseman Valerie Sadowl (Horsham, Pa.). Through 47 games Sadowl continues to lead the Huskies in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.336), runs scored (19), doubles (9), slugging percentage (.582) and home runs (6).
Despite coming off a weekend sweep at Rutgers, several Huskies posted solid individual performances in the losses. Emily O’Donnell (Niskayuna, N.Y.) accounted for three of UConn’s eight hits over the course of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the latter game, O’Donnell blasted a solo home run to left field, her second of the season, to provide UConn a two-run cushion.
Alyson Ambler (Walla Walla, Wash.) had herself an afternoon on Sunday, going two-for-four from the plate including a solo home run and an RBI single to pace the Huskies. She will look to carry over that offensive momentum into the final weekend of play.
Fans traveling to campus for the games should note that the CT Invention Convention will be held simultaneously in Gampel Pavilion, which will likely cause an influx of traffic on campus. Plan travel schedule accordingly.
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