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STORRS, Conn. -- The American Athletic Conference Softball Tournament will begin one day sooner than expected, as the UConn softball team will play second-seeded Houston on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the ECU Softball Complex.
Originally scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the tournament schedule has been rearranged due to incoming rain later this week in Greenville, N.C. The decision was made by the conference late Monday night. An updated bracket can be found HERE.
When the Huskies (17-30, 3-14 American) meet the Cougars, the action will be broadcast live on the American Digital Network with Jeff Brightwell (play-by-play) and Eric Lopez (color) on the call. Updates will also be provided @UConnSoftball on Twitter.
Wednesday's slate will feature three-seed UCF against six-seed ECU at 1:00 p.m., followed by UConn's matchup with Houston. The winners of both games play in a semifinal on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Dropping two out of three over the weekend to Memphis, the Huskies look to win their first conference tournament game since joining the American in the 2014 season. Freshman Carli Cutler leads the team with a .308 batting average.
Freshman pitcher Katie Koshes leads all UConn pitchers in ERA (2.58), wins (8), appearances (29), shutouts (3), innings (106), strikeouts (121) and opposing batting average (.203) heading into Wednesday.
Redshirt senior Valerie Sadowl -- one of three graduating seniors for the Huskies -- leads the team in home runs (6), RBI (21), and is tied with Cutler for 10 multi-hit games.
Earlier this season, UConn was swept by Houston at the Cougar Softball Stadium from April 7-9. The Huskies are 1-11 all-time against Houston, with their only victory coming in extra innings at the Burrill Family Field on April 29, 2016.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Houston (28-24, 12-6 American) had a strong finish to its season, winning each of its final three conference series -- including two out of three against USF most recently.
Four players are hitting over .300 for the Cougars, with Maya Thomas leading the way at .438 -- second best in the conference. As a team, Houston leads the American with a total batting average of .303.
The Cougars have two pitchers who earned double-digit victories this season in Savannah Heebner (13-10) and Trystan Melancon (12-7). Each struck-out over 90 batters and had sub-3.00 ERA's.
BY THE NUMBERS
245: Total amount of strikeouts for the UConn pitching staff this season, the most for a Husky team since 2013.
20: Number of games decided by two runs or less this season. UConn is 8-12 in such games, including a 7-7 mark in one-run contests.
52.2%: Amount of UConn's total RBI this season that were produced by freshmen players. Cutler and freshman Kiwi McDaniel combined for 29.