May 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut softball team made some substantial strides this season, and finished the year at 26-27 coming off a 2012 campaign where the Huskies went 21-27. The Huskies amassed eight conference wins and took nine games at Burrill Family Field in front of their home crowd.
The season was highlighted by a five-game win streak that came in mid-April, and included a three game sweep over conference foes St. John’s. From April 10 through May 2, the Huskies were a perfect 7-0 at home before falling to Boston University in a close 5-4 contest.
Unfortunately, the Huskies struggled down the stretch, dropping seven of their last 11 contests, including a double-header against conference rival Notre Dame in South Bend. UConn dropped its final two games against DePaul at home to end the season and were eliminated from post season action.
Marissa Guches led the offensive charge for the Huskies with a .380 batting average in 50 games. Guches recorded six homeruns and a team-leading 37 RBI. She was one of four Husky players to record at least six round-trippers, and one of just two to record an OBP over .400.
Pitcher Kiki Saveriano was the ace of the Connecticut staff, appearing in 33 contests with 30 starts. She ended the season with a 16-13 record, holding an impressive 2.67 earned run average in 194 innings pitched. Saveriano tallied 158 strikeouts while issuing 68 free passes.
Connecticut was led by leadership from its senior class which included Brittany Duclos, Guches, Dana Hughes, Jessica McDermott, Saveriano and Kim Silva.
Saveriano ends her career as one of the most decorated players in program history. In her four seasons at UConn, Saveriano appeared in 132 contests, with 121 starts, which both mark program records. Saveriano earned 49 wins and pitched a school-record 72 complete games. She was an integral part of the 2013 squad, giving her team a chance to grab a victory each time she stepped on the hill.
For Silva, her career at Connecticut comes to a close after four fantastic seasons in which she anchored the Huskies lineup and provided excellent versatility, starting at numerous infield and outfield positions. A Cheshire, Conn. native, Silva is ninth all-time in program history with 18 homeruns, seventh with 32 doubles, and fifth with 35 stolen bases. She was named a member of the 2012 ALL-BIG EAST First Team for her stellar junior campaign.
Head Coach Karen Mullins, who completed her 30th year at the helm of the Huskies, now holds an 849-598-5 career record at UConn. Mullins is just one of 43 coaches in NCAA history to surpass the 800-win threshold.
The Huskies will enter the off-season with the challenge of replacing some of their most consistent and important pieces of this 2013 campaign, but look poised to return to the field in 2014 to compete for a conference title.