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STILLWATER, Okla. – Following a three-game set at Tulsa, the University of Connecticut softball team remains in The Sooner State for its regular season finale, only it will be facing an OU rival on Tuesday evening.
The Huskies (19-31, 4-12 AAC) will be traveling to play Oklahoma State, the final game before the American Athletic Conference Championship begins on Thursday in Tulsa, Okla. First pitch with the Cowgirls is slated for 5 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday.
Despite pitching brilliance by freshman Jill Stockley on Sunday, UConn lost to the Golden Hurricane, 1-0, in a nine-inning affair. Stockley pitched 8.1 innings, allowing one run on eight hits in the tough-luck loss.
Sunday’s game was part of a three-game sweep by Tulsa over the weekend, as senior Jacklyn Dubois and junior Dominique Pinto smacked solo home runs for the Huskies on Saturday to lead the offensive charge.
With the losses, UConn will be the No. 7 seed in the Championship on Thursday and will play No. 2 Central Florida in the AAC quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. (ET). The Knights are currently No. 25 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.
Stockley is eighth in the AAC with a 2.61 ERA and is sixth in innings pitched at 142.0. Senior Lexi Gifford has a team-high .318 batting average and 47 hits, with the second-most RBI at 24.
The Huskies are 1-3 all-time against Oklahoma State, defeating the Cowgirls in the most recent meeting, 8-2, on March 6, 2015.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowgirls (27-22, 6-9 Big 12), ranked No. 40 in the latest RPI poll, is coming off a series win over Kansas with victories on Friday and Saturday, before Sunday’s game was cancelled due to weather.
Oklahoma State has a five-game winning streak and is third in the Big 12 with a .311 team batting average. Two players, Vanessa Shippy and Taylor Lynch, are hitting over .400 (.429 and .419, respectively) and lead the conference.
With just a 5.06 team ERA, the Cowgirls’ pitching staff ranks fifth-best in the Big 12 – a league that includes two ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 teams (No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 20 Baylor).