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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team has a special weekend planned at the Burrill Family Field, as Senior Day will be celebrated as part of the final home weekend when Memphis comes to town for a three-game set.
The Huskies (16-28, 2-12 American) will honor seniors Kayla Doty, Valerie Sadowl and Taylor Townsend in a pregame ceremony on Sunday – highlighting a busy weekend that includes graduation festivities on campus.
All three games – Friday at 4 p.m. (ET), Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET) and Sunday at noon – can be followed on live stats or watched by paid subscribers on Husky Vision. Updates will also be available @UConnSoftball on Twitter.
The series opener will be “Cinco de Mayo” day at the ballpark and maracas will be given away to fans in attendance. On Saturday, it will be Junior Husky Club Day for all members and UConn shoelaces are the giveaway.
In addition to Sunday’s pregame ceremony, fans in attendance will be able to grab a pair of UConn socks, as the Huskies play their final home game of the season.
Following a recent trip to UCF, UConn wraps-up regular season play against the Tigers. The Huskies dropped two of three games to the Knights, winning Friday’s 8-3 series opener behind a grand slam from freshman Chloe Kerns.
Junior Emma Stanley leads the team with a .323 batting average in conference play this season, while freshman Carli Cutler leads overall – hitting .315 at the dish. Sadowl also homered over the weekend, smacking a three-run blast in Friday’s win.
The Huskies have lost six of their last seven games, but look to finish the schedule on a strong note heading into the AAC Tournament next weekend in Greenville, N.C.
UConn is 5-3 in the all-time series with Memphis, despite the Tigers taking two of three games in Tennessee last season.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Memphis (26-25, 5-10 American) has won three of its last five games, but dropped two of three to Houston this past weekend at home in conference play. The Tigers currently sit in fifth place in the AAC, mere percentage points ahead of ECU in sixth.
Senior Lindsay Crowdus fuels the Tiger offense, as she is hitting a team-best .470 at the plate – ranking her third in all of Division I. Her 79 hits are second-most in the nation.
The Tigers’ pitching staff has a cumulative ERA of 3.00, led by Molly Smith (2.57) and Christian Novak (2.62). Novak has 107 strikeouts, fourth-most in the AAC.
BY THE NUMBERS
66: Total wins at UConn for the three members of the Class of 2017 throughout four seasons in Storrs.
.195: Opponent batting average against freshman pitcher Katie Koshes this season, the second-lowest mark in the conference.
.500: Batting average for Taylor Townsend in the past five games (6-for-12) against UCF and Tulsa. Her slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.538) are both also team-highs in that stretch.