May 9, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- The University of Connecticut softball team returns to the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2009 after posting a 2-26 overall record and 9-13 mark in conference action. The No. 8 seeded Huskies will face No. 1 Louisville at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at Notre Dame’s Melissa Cook Stadium.
Huskies In 2012: The UConn softball squad compiled a 21-26 overall record and 9-13 mark in the BIG EAST. The Huskies concluded the 2012 home season with a 10-7 mark at Burrill Family Field. Leading the Husky offense was senior Amy Vaughan who posted a .306 batting average, while junior Kiki Saveriano was the Huskies main threat in the circle with a 11-15 record and 3.25 ERA.
UConn Returns To The ‘Ship: The Huskies are returning to the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2009, when their four seniors were in their freshman campaign. Connecticut earned the No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 seed Louisville. It will be the first time the two squads have faced each other in the 2012 season.
History Against Cardinals: The Huskies are 5-9 all-time against conference foe Louisville. The two teams faced each other in 2011 and split its doubleheader. Connecticut will look for revenge against Louisville as the Cardinals defeated the Huskies 4-0 in the first round of the 2009 BIG EAST Championship.
About UConn: As a team, the Huskies are hitting .265 in their 47 games and their opponents are averaging .286 at the plate. Connecticut has four starters that are hitting above .290 with Vaughan leading the squad with a .306, Kim Silva at .303, Andrea Huelsenbeck at .296 and Emily O’Donnell averaging .296. The Husky pitchers own a 3.53 ERA in 307 innings pitched with 223 strikeouts and 358 notched against them.
Scouting The Cards: The Cardinals completed the season leading the BIG EAST with a dominant 50-3 overall mark and a 20-2 record in the conference. Winning the BIG EAST regular season title, No. 8/9 Louisville is led by senior outfielder Kristin Austin who is batting .401 with 65 hits, 43 runs scored and 18 RBI. The Cardinal pitching crew has been stellar with three different hurlers throwing below a 1.50 ERA as Tori Collins (23-1) leads the squad with a 1.25 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 156.1 innings pitched.
BIG EAST Accolades: Senior outfielder Amy Vaughan was the only Husky to be honored in the 2012 season with a BIG EAST weekly award when she earned Player of the Week on March 19. Vaughan received the accolade following going 9-for-17 in six games to post a .529 batting average and a 1.471 slugging percentage on the week. She recorded 12 RBI, scored 7 runs and blasted five homeruns. Junior hurler Kiki Saveriano was named to the honor roll once.
Speedy Ward Sets New Single Season Stolen Base Record: Senior centerfielder Jen Ward broke UConn’s single season mark in stolen bases with 25. Prior to Ward’s 25 steals her teammate Kim Silva held the record with 23. Ward will most likely conclude her career in second place in all-time steals with 56 as she is 15 away from the top seat of 71.
Karen Mullins In BIG EAST Tournament: Heading into the 2012 BIG EAST Championship Head Coach Karen Mullins owns a 23-12 mark in tournament play. The Huskies, who grabbed the tournament crown six out of seven years from 1990-96, captured four straight tournament titles from 1990-93 before falling to Providence in the championship game in 1994. The Huskies retaliated with a victory over the Friars in 1995 in the title match and defeating Notre Dame in final game in 1996. Mullins and her squad added another title in 2001.
Vaughan Blasts Past Single Season Homer Mark: Amy Vaughan has blasted 13 homeruns which is a new UConn single season record. The previous record of 11 was held by Julie Towers and Micah Truax. Vaughan has 19 career blasts which is sixth in the Husky record book.
Vaughan Named To Academic All-District Softball Team: The Somerset, Mass. native is a double major in American Studies and Political Science and holds a 3.75 GPA. Vaughan concluded the 2012 regular season as the team leader with a .306 batting average and .938 fielding percentage. The outfielder led the squad in homeruns with 13. With 45 hits on the season Vaughan also sat in the top spot for RBI with 42.