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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball team is Oklahoma-bound for an extended stay, as the Huskies prepare to face Tulsa in a three-game set at the Collins Softball Complex this weekend – the same site that will be used for the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Before the conference tournament begins next Thursday, the Huskies (19-28, 4-9 AAC) have a chance to creep up in the AAC standings when it takes on the Golden Hurricane. UConn lost two of three games to Houston last weekend, which included Senior Day on Saturday.
All games this weekend can be followed on live stats or watched on Hurricane Vision, Tulsa’s live stream network. Updates for Friday’s and Saturday’s games will be available @UConnSoftball on Twitter.
Senior Heather Fyfe led all Huskies with a .444 batting average in the series against Houston, going 4-for-9 at the dish. Junior Dominique Pinto recorded three RBI and senior Alyson Ambler smacked a solo home run in UConn’s final three home games.
A winner in five of her last six starts, freshman pitcher Jill Stockley allowed just one earned run and struck-out five in eight innings of work in UConn’s 3-2 extra-inning win over the Cougars on Friday.
Overall, senior Lexi Gifford leads the team in hits (43) and runs (34), while Pinto leads with 26 RBI. Senior Alyssa Gardea has reached based in 10 consecutive games, assisted by her current seven-game hitting streak. Ambler has also recorded a hit in seven-straight contests.
The Huskies currently are in sixth place in the AAC standings and at the moment would play No. 3 Memphis in the AAC quarterfinals on Thursday, May 12. With Tulsa (6-9 AAC) and Houston (6-9 AAC) both percentage points above it, UConn could jump in the standings this weekend.
SCOUTING REPORT ON TULSA
The Golden Hurricane (29-18, 6-9 AAC), currently ranked No. 42 in the RPI, is coming off a 4-1 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma on Wednesday. Last weekend, it dropped two of three games to Memphis on the road.
Maggie Withee leads the team and is fourth in the AAC with a .379 batting average, while Maddie Withee has a team-best 43 RBI. Pitcher Caitlin Sill is 16-10 with a 2.00 ERA in 153.2 innings of work this season.
Tulsa ranks second in the AAC in a number of categories, including batting average (.294), slugging percentage (.417), runs scored (256), RBI (228), sacrifice flies (15), and ERA (2.43).
- Alyson Ambler leads the team with 11 multi-hit games this season.
- Lexi Gifford (SS), Alyssa Gardea (CF) and Jacklyn Dubois (C) are the only three players to start every game at one position.
- Nine shutout victories is the most since the 2008 season (10).
- Tuesday's game against Oklahoma State is the final game of the regular season.